As the University of Nebraska Omaha’s (UNO) main assembly building, the new Baxter Arena is a physical representation of UNO’s athletic brand and anchors the southern extent of the campus. The facility is designed to serve multiple activities, weaving together function and aesthetics.

HDR and Lempka Edson Architects completed master planning and architectural and engineering design services for the new arena. The arena offers a full-spectrum student life experience, reinforces the brand for UNO Athletics, and engages Omaha’s vibrant Aksarben Village culture. Baxter Arena is home to UNO’s Frozen Four-level hockey team as well as the school’s emerging Division I basketball and volleyball programs, and has the capacity to host campus recreation activities and graduation ceremonies.

The arena was completed in time for the Mavericks’ first hockey game in October 2015.

Project Cost



173,000 sq ft


October 2015


2016 Peoples’ Choice Award, Engineering Excellent Awards

American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska

2016 Outstanding Achievement Award

American Concrete Institute (ACI), Nebraska Chapter

2016 Grand Award, Engineering Excellence Award

American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska

2016 Award of Merit, Lighting Systems Design

Architectural Engineering Institute

2016 Merit Award Built Category

American Institute of Architects, Nebraska Chapter

2016 IDEA Awards, Community and Civic Category

International Interior Design Association, Great Plains Chapter

2016 American In-house Design Award, POP Displays, Signs + Environmental Graphics

Graphic Design USA


University of Nebraska


Omaha, NE


Recreation & Community