Designbuild Phase

The design & construction of a stage on wheels, engineered for public space use & capable of being effortlessly moved from place to place

Students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture converted an 18-foot box truck into a state-of-the-art venue on wheels.

The designbuild phase is led by a collaboration between Jessica Scheuerman of Partners for Livable Omaha; Professor Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and director of FACT (Fabrication And Construction Team); Actual Architecture Company; Omaha-based theatrical designer and technical director Brendan Greene-Walsh; and Nebraska Innovation Studio. 

Designbuild electrical support provided by Robert Webber and Continuing Electrical Education; and engineering support provided by Andrew Johnson, PE, Sr. Structural Engineer and Thompson, Dreessen & Dorner, Inc.

To learn more, visit the FACT project page for Omaha Mobile Stage.

Omaha Mobile Stage Design Concepts

The Omaha Mobile Stage final design concept was revealed at a public presentation attended by more than 100 guests on Oct. 22, 2021, at the Highlander in Omaha.

UNL College of Architecture students lead design and construction

Watch a short video on the Designbuild Process of the Omaha Mobile Stage. 

This fall semester, students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture will design and build the stage under the leadership of noted architect and professor Jeffrey Day, FAIA. Class Portrait of UNL’s FACT Collaborate! Studio outside of Architecture Hall in Lincoln. Photo: FACT.

About FACT

FACT is a collaborative student design/build studio at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Architecture that engages design, fabrication, and construction projects with cultural and nonprofit clients.

FACT is a forum for exploring the complex relationships between thinking (conceiving, designing, theorizing) and making. Where academic design studios focus on ideation, conceptualization, and design development, FACT explores the creative opportunities residing in the development and realization of projects. Actual Architecture Co. and FACT work closely on experimental projects and pro-bono work for communities and nonprofit clients.

At the core of FACT are projects engaging places of intersection between the production and consumption of culture—where the creators and audiences meet.

FACT was founded in 2001 by Professor Jeffrey L. Day, FAIA and frequently collaborates with Actual Architecture Company.

The Process

The bulk of the designbuild phase occurs within the framework of a fall 2021 Collaborate! Studio on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  

In preparation for the Omaha Mobile Stage build, students will explore methods of creative placemaking and their role in community development. They will consult with a range of stakeholders, including the Omaha Mobile Stage collaborators; local artists and performers; city planning, code, and life safety officials; and technical experts. 

As with past FACT projects, students work together in small teams assigned to specific project  tasks and meet frequently as a large group to critique progress and coordinate the overall effort.

Before reaching a final design concept, FACT Collaborate! Studio created four different Omaha Mobile Stage design concepts.

Team 1: Ethan Boerner, Mason Burress, Brendan Colford, Natasha Pierce

Team 2: Audrey Huse, Allyssa Villarreal, Payton Betzold, Eden Vanarsdall

Team 3: John Andersen, Daria Krestovsky, Xander Parker, Cam Spangler

Team 4: Jarod Bengtson, Tom Gerdes, Essa Alousi, Al Mundhir Al Mahruqi