University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Healthy Living

Omaha, NE

As one of the latest project in a relationship that has spanned over 60 years, the University of Nebraska Medical Center retained LEO A DALY to plan and program the expansion and renovation of its student recreation facility, an original 64,755-square-foot design by LEO A DALY in 1996.

The 6,525-SF addition to the Center for Healthy Living relocated the entry from the secluded south side, providing a north-facing, wall-to-wall glass façade on the busy Ruth and Bill Scott Student Plaza. Fitness is on display, with contemporary cardio equipment looking out onto the student plaza. At night, the space glows from within, acting as a living billboard for wellness.

The second piece of the project was the renovation of 11,845 SF on two floors. The renovation and addition provide larger strength and fitness machine areas; additional dedicated group fitness activity areas; permanent areas for stretching and table tennis; larger locker rooms with private changing areas and showers; and a new synthetic gym floor designed for user comfort and safety.

Post Renovation/Expansion

  • 74.6% Increase in Memberships
  • 57% Increase in Classes Taught
  • 60% Increase in Participates in Intramural Sports

“With the renovated facility, we’ve been able to increase the number of leagues and types of leagues because we have increased membership.”
Jayme Nekuda, Associate Director of Human Resources, Benefits & Work-Life Programs.


University of Nebraska System

At a glance

  • 64,755 SF (Original Design)
  • 6,525 SF (New Addition)
  • 11,845 SF (Renovation)


  • Larger Strength & Fitness Space
  • Additional Dedicated Group Fitness Areas
  • Permanent Spaces for Stretching and Table Tennis
  • Larger Locker Rooms
  • New Synthetic Gym Floor


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Administration