Construction Phase Begins

In the fall of 2021, a team of professional designers and students began converting the 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 engineering support is provided by Andrew Johnson, PE, Sr. Structural Engineer and Thompson, Dreessen & Dorner, Inc.

Omaha Mobile Stage final design concept. Images by FACT.
FACT students painting the storage components for the back wall of the truck.

The bulk of the designbuild phase occurred within the framework of the FACT Collaborate! Studio class offered by UNL’s College of Architecture. During the fall 2021 semester, a team of 16, 4th year architecture and interior design students designed and began construction inside the Nebraska Innovation Studio, one of the nation’s top makerspaces, a 16,000-square-foot facility with a full metal shop, wood shop and rapid prototyping room in Lincoln.