UNL Willa Cather Dining Center

UNL Willa Cather Dining Center

Morrissey Engineering provided design services for University of Nebraska Lincoln - Willa Cather Dining Center. The center can provide 2,800 meals a day accommodating up to 654 students at a time. The center also includes event, office, and social space. 



  • 654 total seats, 550 open, 104 private
  • 14,000 SF commercial kitchen space
  • 28,372 SF dining center space 
  • 14,482 SF housing program space 
  • 9,324 SF housing office space 
  • 1.5 story event center
  • Housing program space will comprise theatre-style seating for 500 students
  • Housing offices will provide office and support space for 50 regular and 10 student staff members 
  • 100% LED facility 
  • A building lighting control system designed to reduce energy consumption with daylight harvesting
  • Dynamic lighting in the event center has several pre-programmed shows, including reacting to an audio input as a sound equalizer

This project won IES Illumination 2018 awards for Interior Lighting Design and Lighting Control Innovation.‚Äč



New Construction


Lincoln, Nebraska

Square Footage

52,178 SF

Completion Date

Spring 2017


BVH Architecture