Master Planning & Design
Central Nebraska Veterans Home
In 2018, Central Nebraska Veterans Home will move from Grand Island to a new location in Kearney, Nebraska. Big Muddy Workshop provided schematic design, design development, and construction document services for site improvements for the Home. Big Muddy worked closely with the project architects to integrate the building design into the 67-acre site. Big Muddy led design development for the site, and coordinated with the civil engineer on the civil and site design.
The 335,000 SF facility consists of nine, interconnected buildings and two other buildings. The site design located and oriented building components to separate the support functions from the more private, residential spaces. The arrangement of traffic circulation patterns allows for private gardens and outdoor gathering spaces on the interior of the site.
Each group of homes has its own outdoor gathering area and a covered picnic shelter, providing opportunities for group social activities, dining, visiting with other members, and gardening. Walkways connect to a 1.5-acre fishing pond encircled by a ¼-mile long walking path, connecting an observation platform and three fishing piers.