DVLP Basketball

Elevating driven athletes and coaches in the center of the city

  • Type Institutional,
  • Location Omaha, Nebraska
  • Area 12,000 s.f.
  • Status In Progress
  • Date 2020

DVLP Basketball develops young talent in Omaha, building culture, team mindset, and leadership for the future of the sport. The nonprofit organization combines elite basketball development with a platform for enhanced player recruitment. Having outgrown shared courts with various partners around the city, DVLP envisions a new building located in the north downtown area of Omaha, conveniently located for young players and highly visible to the public. This public-face is important to DVLP’s mission.

The building’s structure comprises planar Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) walls, a pleated roof of CLT panels, Glulam beams & steel tie rods. The exposed interior faces of the mass timber structure complement the hard Maple court floor and contribute to the monolithic and warm feel of the primary “box” of the building. Contained within, like loosely stacked boxes, abstract white cubes contain the smaller spaces of the program: a large team conference room, conditioning room, offices, and other service and utility rooms. Retractable bleachers connect the mezzanine offices to the court.




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Building section at Back Hall

Entry / North Corridor

View from conference room

Large champagne anodized aluminum shingles and matching curtain wall and window frames clad the monolithic exterior.

Building section at Conference Room / Weight Training
AIA Nebraska 2021 Jury Comments

This proposal is a striking and simple celebration of basketball, boldly presented and embedded in its community. The shape and plan are simple, well-organized, and affective. As the project is developed, we hope the realities of structure and enclosure are allowed to be expressed and the path of the rainwater is celebrated.

Project Awards

2022 AIA Central States Honor Award for Unbuilt Architecture

2021 AIA Nebraska Honorable Mention Award for Unbuilt Architecture

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