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In-Person Tours

These are active construction sites so we do require PPE to include hard hat, safety vest and safety glasses.

Members: Free | Non-Members: $20

Buena Vista High School
Buena Vista High School August 24, 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Lunch served

Please register for accurate headcount for lunch.

Westview High School
Westview High School September 7, 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Lunch served

Please register for accurate headcount for lunch.

College World Series Happy Hour

June 23, 2021
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (it looks like the game will start at 6:00 that night)

Blair High School   Alvine & Associates
1201 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68102

Members/non-members: Free

Attendees are on their own for parking.

Alvine and Associates Navitas

School Tour

Blair High School Industrial Tech. Renovation Project
May 4, 2021
In person event: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch provided

Blair High School   Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Must register by May 3 at 5 pm

Please note that we will meet at the North Service entry off Jackson Street, look for the Greenhouse. There is parking across the street at the Youth Sports Complex. View map »

Blair High School
Blair High School Blair High School Blair High School

Learning Objectives:
  • Building the future with community partners
  • Growing within the existing building
  • Designing for student / staff safety
  • Opportunities for program growth

Jackson Jackson Prairie Construction

School Tour

Elkhorn North Ridge Middle School
April 6, 2021
In person event: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch provided

Elkhorn North Ridge   Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Must register by April 5.

Join us for an in-person tour of the new middle school project: Elkhorn North Ridge.

North Ridge MS North Ridge MS

Learning Objectives:
  • Storm shelters in schools
  • Interdisciplinary coordination
  • The challenges of monumental masonry
  • Designing a school for a growing community

Elkhorn PS Jackson Jackson Prairie Construction

Happy Hour  

Virtual Happy Hour

March 10, 2021
4:00 pm Central

Join us for networking fun!

Virtual Tour

December 15, 2020
4:00 pm Central

AIA Logo    1.0 AIA LU

U.S. Conn Library Building – Renovation Project
U.S. Conn Library Building
In this presentation we will review the process and transformation of the Wayne State College U.S. Conn Library into intentional learning spaces for the students. For more than a century, academic libraries have striven to support their institutions by building the best possible print collections of information resources. In the 1990’s vast quantities of information started to become available in virtual space, and libraries had acknowledge new sources of information. As access to digital information grew libraries could no long be just a book depository. Looking towards the future a new focus developed; to treat students as self-directed learners rather than as consumers. The re-visioning of the US Conn Library focused on developing programs and learning spaces that nurtures information-literate students. Information literacy provides students life-long learning tools needed to succeed in both self-directed and collaborative endeavors.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how we transformed U.S. Conn Library from a book depository into a 21st century teaching and learning center.
  • Explore how we improved the library user experience through better library services.
  • Discuss how the team identified and grounded project aspirations.
  • Discuss key elements to the library renovation project

Members: FREE | Non-members: $10

You must register by 5:00 pm on December 14, 2020. The Zoom link will be sent to all registered attendees at approximately 12:00 pm on December 15, 2020.

Virtual Tour

November 10, 2020
4:00 pm CST

Wisner Pilger

Wisner Pilger

Wisner Pilger
Devastation into Opportunity: Wisner Pilger Public Schools Journey to Success!
After a tornado devastated Pilger, Nebraska, in 2014, BVH Architecture created an educational strategy to restore the 5th and 6th grade campus. The first step was to bring portable classroom buildings onto the existing elementary campus in Wisner, Nebraska. As planning started to rebuild, it was clear the best solution was to combine the 5th/6th grade building on the existing 7th-12th high school campus in Wisner. Through further outreach with the district and community, a PK-6 model emerged as an opportunity to create one campus for PK-12th. Functional efficiencies as well as educational opportunities made this option a clear district advantage.

Experience the new Wisner Pilger Public Schools via a virtual tour and hear about the process which began the day after the twin tornadoes touched down through the first day of school. Learn how their specific educational delivery drove every design decision to create an energetic and dynamic learning environment. The adaptable core of specialized educational spaces along with acoustical balance, day lighting, views, budget, and safety were all driving design factors. See the solutions that have created an environment of inclusion and community to support the school's mission.

Chad Boyer, Superintendent, Wisner Pilger PS
Cleve Reeves, BVH Architecture
Darin Hanigan, BVH Architecture
Cynthia Ray, BVH Architecture

Members: FREE | Non-members: $10

Zoom link will be sent the morning of the event

Chapter Tour

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Gifford Park Elementary School
Omaha Public Schools
717 North 32nd Street, Omaha, NE 68131

Project: Omaha Public Schools Gifford Park Elementary School

  • JJA
  • Principal Kim Jones
  • Morrissey Engineering
  • Lueder Construction

Please meet at the main entry on the west side.

Lunch following provided by Jackson-Jackson & Associates.

Free to attend, please RSVP.

Chapter Tour

February 25, 2020
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Old Target at Mall of Bluffs
1745 Madison Ave, Council Bluffs
(Building at north end of mall)

Project: Council Bluff's CSD's Target Conversion Housing – Two Middle Schools During Major Renovations

  • BVH Architecture
  • Prairie Construction
  • Darrel Meyer, CBCS
Food Sponsors:
BVH Architecture & Prairie Construction

Free to attend, please RSVP.

Chapter Tour & Lunch

January 16, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Jack Daniels Room @ Werner Park
12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046

Tour of Ashbury Hills Elementary School
Tour & Lunch

  • NE Concrete Association
  • Fox Blocks
  • BCDM Architects
Lunch sponsored by:
NE Concrete Association

Free to attend, please RSVP.

Chapter Tour & Lunch

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tour of DC West Elementary School
Tour & Lunch

  • Melissa Poloncic, Superintendent, DC West
  • Chad Beeson, President, Tetrad
  • Sean Yahnke, Project Manager, Boyd Jones
  • Patrick Phelan, Architect, DLR Group
Speakers will be available to answer questions and speak during lunch provided by Boyd Jones.

Free to attend, please RSVP.

Chapter Event

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Elkhorn Public Schools
Teacher Training Conference Center
20650 Glenn Street, Elkhorn, NE 68022

Facility Directors Workshop
Facility Directors Workshop

  • Designing classrooms for the 21st century
  • Disaster recovery plans for facilities
  • Managing outdoor athletic complexes
  • Glass, framing systems, skylights, and movable walls
  • Mold and moisture remediation
  • Playground maintenance and surfacing
  • Indoor / outdoor LED displays

Registration: 7:45 AM
Conference: 8:15 AM – 2:30 PM

Breakfast and lunch provided
Limited vendor space available – sign up today to be in the vendor showcase ($100)
Free to attend, please RSVP

Chapter Event

Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
1401 Veterans Drive, Elkhorn, NE 68022

Elkhorn High School Football Tailgate

Lunch provided. We hope to see you there! Free to attend, please RSVP.

Networking Social

Thursday, August 29, 2019
4:00 pm
725 S. 72nd Street, Omaha, NE 68114

Sheppard's Business Interiors

Join us to socialize over frozen margaritas, beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks. There will also be a drawing for a Steelcase Series 1 Task Chair. We hope to see you there!

Free to attend, please RSVP.

Chapter Tour

Thursday, July 25, 2019
11:00 am
Located North of 168th & Ida

Bennington – Anchor Pointe Elementary School

Free to attend, must RSVP.

Spring Chapter Event

Friday, April 19, 2019
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Blue Sage Elementary School
Come meet your fellow members and share insights on creating amazing 21st century, student centered learning environments.

  • Lunch and presentation by Ed Pullen CCS about Digital Display Systems
  • School Tour (Elkhorn’s newest and most state of the art elementary school)
  • Round Table Networking Discussion

Not a member, that’s ok! Come meet people and see how A4LE can have a positive impact on your school or business! Lunch is on us!

Lunch Sponsor:
VS America

Chapter Tour

Friday, October 26, 2018
8:00 am – 10:00 am
J.P. Lord Elementary School
4444 Marinda Street, Omaha, NE 68106

Pat Carson with BCDM will be speaking about the challenges in designing a school that educates students with a variety of complex needs, often multiple cognitive and physical disabilities from throughout metropolitan Omaha. Laura Mac-Holmes, Program Director, will be conducting a tour of the facility.

JP Lord JP Lord
JP Lord JP Lord

Chapter Tour

Thursday, March 8, 2018
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wickersham Athletic Complex – Ave G Entrance
Fred Maher Team Building
(Next to Tucker Center, 815 N 18th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501)

Jared Olson with HGM will be speaking about the following: Design challenges for the reconstruction of a multi-sport athletic complex over two seasons without interrupting the use of the complex by either of the two high schools who call it home.

Student presentation on the video board and how they incorporate it with education.

Wickersham Wickersham
Wickersham Wickersham

Chapter Tour

December 5, 2017
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Starr Elementary School
1800 S. Adams Street
Grand Island, NE

We will tour the new elementary school and a provide a presentation on the benefits of precast construction. Lunch will be provided.

Starr Elementary School Starr Elementary School

Registration: Complimentary
We do ask that you RSVP, so we may provide lunch for all attendees.

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