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mbining a Child Advocacy Center and a Services and Support Center, the Family Resource Center is a collaboration between Native American Santee Sioux Nation and The Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. The project was designed by University of Nebraska students in PLAIN (a design-build initiative parallel to FACT) with Actual Architecture  Co. as the architect of record. The building is located on the Santee Sioux Reservation in rural northeast Nebraska where approximately 800 people live on 173 square miles of land. The tribe struggles with high rates of addiction and domestic abuse, and the Center provides a positive, private, and safe space for those affected by these circumstances.

The small building houses services related to family healing and forensic investigations of children who may have suffered sexual and physical abuse. It contains spaces for supervised family interaction and foster parent training. Private interview and observation rooms provide an environment for abused persons to share their experiences with authorities. Conceived as a pair of interlocking squares that formalize a program of reunion, one side of the building houses private examination rooms with a discrete entrance and the other, a large room and kitchen for family reunion. Service spaces and a restroom separate the two sides and provide an acoustical buffer.

Emerge was designed to provide an aesthetic narrative that allows visitors to appreciate the project’s relationship to forestry production in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors experience this narrative in a various ways including the building’s front and back screens. Here timber elements are arranged in an ordered pattern at the lower level but become increasingly disordered as they go up. The CLT gable ends are left exposed, protected by a screen of slats at either end of the building. These slats respond to angles of rain by gradually increasing their pitch, the higher they are on the screen. This screen describes the way dimensional lumber “emerges” from the natural environment of the forest. This narrative is continued on the inside where the visitor’s attention is drawn up to the roof light and to the views of the forest canopy above.

Emerge is the third in a series of five projects for the farm, which collectively demonstrate diverse uses of timber in a range of forestry settings. Each project enhances the farm’s education program through the tactile, phenomenological, and spatial qualities of architecture. Through these projects the Bauman Farm is able to integrate the latest developments in the lumber industry with the traditions of forestry in the American Northwest.


David Rogelio Alcala , Alfredo Vera F, Virginia Michelle Gormley, Ruslan White, Eric Lee Engler, Danielle Alexa Durham, Devin Bayles McLean, Scott Christopher Kenny, Justin Philip DeFields, Darian Johnathon Scott, Kristen Michelle Schulte, Joseph Roy Croghan, Hanna Christy


CONTRACTOR: Justin Austen Design

CLIENTS: Bauman Tree Farm

CLT: D.R. Johnson

ADVISOR: Kim Larkin MXD Arts