Nebraska Army National Guard
Mead, NE
Completion date
August 2012

This campus honors the history of the Nebraska National Guard while preparing current and future members to serve their communities and their country. 

This 50,000-SF center is the formation of the new Mead Training Site. The design uses wood glulam beams and decking as used in National Guard facilities of the past while providing a modern facility with today's technologies. This facility is the first of many facilities planned for the cantonment center. The program includes an assembly hall, administrative offices, recruiting center, fitness center, vehicle maintenance training bay, lockers, classrooms, kitchen, storage and POV/GOV parking for large military vehicles. A new outdoor gun range adds 300-, 100- and 50-meter fixed and 25-meter tactical ranges and a gun cleaning, RSO office and classroom. RDG's scope included programming, master planning, design and construction of the facility as well as implementation of the Mead Training Site master plan. The design inspiration for the facility was influenced by its location on a decommissioned Atlas missile base and reflections of the missile design are incorporated in the architecture. Incorporated into the force protection at the entry of the building are four laser-cut metal panels depicting the history of the Nebraska National Guard's involvement by immortalizing the battle medals. Creative design allows environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing landscape architecture to conform to anti-terrorism regulations.   

Designed as the centerpiece of the developing Mead Training Site, a second-story "eagle's nest" conference space is designed to provide a commanding view of the entire training site for observation of training activities and meetings with potential recruits and their families.   The facility prioritizes sustainable systems including geothermal heat, strategic daylighting and thoughtfully selected building materials, achieving LEED Silver recognition. 

The Mead Atlas Readiness Center facility building elevation.
A commemorative laser cut panel outside the Mead Atlas Readiness Center honoring veterans of World War II.
Interior experiential graphics and textural walls at the Mead Atlas Readiness Center.
The Mead Atlas Readiness Center’s “eagle’s nest” conference room featuring a textural laser cut wall panel.
Maintenance and storage for vehicles at the Mead Atlas Readiness Center.
Architecture Merit Award — Design Detail
American Institute of Architects
Gold Award — Corporate / Government
IIDA Great Plains Chapter
Award of Excellence, Bronze — Environment & Experience
AIGA Nebraska
Award of Outstanding Achievment
American Concrete Institute