Chadron State College, Chicoine Events Center

Chadron, NE

LEO A DALY worked with the College to provide a programming study, followed by a successful fundraising campaign, after which our team was retained to complete full architectural and engineering design services for the renovation and expansion of the Chicoine Events Center.

We worked closely with the College and community to determine what types of spaces were required, and how they would impact the campus and students as a whole. The project renovated or reused as much assignable space as possible to save on budget. The updated event center more appropriately serves program needs for both HPER/academic and varsity sports by addressing:

  • Integration with other campus facilities and athletic programs
  • Flexible building technologies
  • Flexible/multipurpose design
  • Funding sources
  • Current building structure
  • Integration of a new structure with existing architecture
  • Energy conservation
  • Sustainable design

Program elements included varsity locker rooms, an expanded athletic training and sports medicine center, varsity sports weight/strength training center, and a flexible multi-use sports arena. Other updates included a new and quieter diesel generator that replaced the outdated, noisy generator. To support the new generator, a new framework and support system was installed, as the older, rusted framework could not be salvaged.

This is the nicest building in the conference, but I’m prejudiced! I really do think it is as far as its intimacy, and how well it works, and the things it provides our department, I really don’t think there’s another building comparable in our conference.
Joel R. Smith, Athletic Director, Chadron State College , Chadron, Nebraska


Nebraska State College System

At a glance

  • 110,000 SF


  • Multi-Use Sports Arena
  • Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Center
  • Weight/Strength Training Center
  • Locker rooms
  • Community Gathering Spaces


  • Master Planning
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Administration