Nebraska Hall was originally constructed in 1920-1921. It is currently the oldest existing building on
Campus of Southeast Community College. At the time it was built it was named the Roosevelt Building and
the hospital for the Soldiers and Sailors home in Milford Nebraska. The building was originally designed
Davis Architects from Lincoln, Nebraska.
In 1941, during the 55th session of the legislature of Nebraska, Sen. Stanley Matzke introduced
Legislative Bill No. 148 to create the Nebraska State Trade School on the campus where the former
Soldiers and Sailors Home once existed. Roosevelt Hall (Nebraska Hall) was converted into a dormitory
and cafeteria for the male students of the school. It was later renamed Nebraska Hall. From 1941 until
June 2019, it served generations of students who attended the College.
Since Nebraska Hall has played such a significant role in the history of the state of Nebraska, Seward
County, the city of Milford, and the College, SCC has been planning ways to repurpose the building and
utilize it for future generations that will attend the Milford Campus.
Future of Nebraska Hall
In reviewing options for the building, three primary goals were identified:
- Ensure that the building will serve as many students as possible, as that has always been its history on campus.
- Create a new “front door” to the campus that is obvious for guests when they arrive.
- Consolidate student support services into one central location to better serve both prospective and current
students to try and reduce barriers that students face as they try to achieve their educational goals.
After working through conceptual drawings with the architects at Sinclair Hille, SCC believes that Nebraska Hall can
serve those three purposes. Nebraska Hall has three levels, and each floor will be used to serve distinct functions
yet still accomplish all of these goals.
The lowest level of the building will serve primarily as a student union space for the campus.
Although the campus has the G. Alan Dunlap Center for cafeteria space, meeting rooms and campus store,
it lacks informal spaces for students to hang out between and after classes. Research has shown that
students learn a great deal about being successful outside of class interacting with their peers in
addition to the formal instruction they receive. This lower-level student union will therefore provide
students space to work on group projects, study in a quieter environment and have access to the
technology they need even when the main instructional buildings are closed for the night.
The way the building is oriented on campus, SCC believes the north entrance (right side as you are
looking at the floor plans) will be where visitors will enter the building due to the proximity to the
visitor parking lot. Existing students will enter from the east side as they walk across from the main
academic building (Eicher Technical Center).
The second floor of Nebraska Hall will then function as the space for Admissions, Registration, Financial
Aid, and the Business Office, all key functions that prospective students use on their way to becoming
enrolled students. The floorplans for this level are below. As you can see the office layouts are
designed based on the concept of visitors entering mainly from the north edge of the building.
The layout is designed to match the flow from prospective student to enrolled student. On the north
(right side), they will enter and interact with Admissions first, followed by Registration, Financial
Aid and the Business Office that serves both new and currently enrolled students in paying their tuition
Finally, the third floor is devoted to student success. This will include Advising, Testing, Career Services, TRIO,
CAPS Counseling, the Accommodations Resource Office, and the Dean of Students. These are all the services students
need after they are enrolled to be successful in completing their educational experience. The floorplan for this
level is below.
Lastly, architect’s renderings of what the building might look like are included. With the historic
nature of the building, there are some ADA issues that have to be addressed. The current building does
not have an elevator. In order to be cost effective and disturb the existing structure as little as
possible, SCC will extend the building to the north to create space for an elevator to be added. This
also allows for the creation of a new “front door” to the campus.
SCC has a narrow window to put some serious resources toward this project. Initial construction estimates put the
price tag of this project at approximately $5.5 million. The College is able to utilize one-time grant funding to
update and replace all the mechanical infrastructure elements of the building up to $2 million and has budgeted
capital funds of up to $2 million for other construction-related expenses. This leaves approximately $1.5 million to
be raised privately. The College has begun seeking private donations to support this project and hopes to begin
construction by spring 2022.