University of Nebraska-Lincoln - East Union Renovation

Lincoln, NE

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Architecture Overview:

Since the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Nebraska East Union first opened in 1977, the needs of UNL's students and its East Campus have changed dramatically. Seeking to create a space that could better serve current and future users, UNL engaged with RDG and WTW Architects to revitalize the existing Nebraska East Union and create a new social hub for the students and a new home for the women’s bowling team. The resulting design, which was completed in three phases over two years, renovates nearly all areas of the existing building, introducing natural light, bright colors, new finishes and open sightlines to create spaces where students can study, collaborate and socialize.  RDG and WTW's design relocates the dining area to create a full-service marketplace and a new Starbucks and C-Store where students can grab a cup of coffee or a snack on their way to class. The renovated and expanded Great Plains room provides the campus with an event space with the capacity to easily host student groups, conferences and weddings. The Union's bowling facilities, which had been around since the building was first constructed, have been transformed into a top-tier, modern space that serves the UNL Women's Bowling team. In addition to restored hardwood alley lanes, the design also creates a new locker room, pro shop and lounge area, creating a world-class facility and recruiting tool for the University.

Interior Design Overview:

  • CLIENT: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • COMPLETE: November 2020
  • AWARDS:
    • Association of College Unions International - ACUI Award, $25M-$35M Category - 2021
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