Designing Expansion For University of Nebraska Student Union

WTW Architects of Pittsburgh has teamed with RDG Planning & Design to design a $28 million renovation and expansion of the University of Nebraska’s East Campus Union in Lincoln, NE.

“Special features,” according to Paul Knell, WTW principal-in-charge, “include a new central atrium, new dining marketplace, expanded ballroom and new retail components including a Starbuck’s café. Additionally, a new south entrance will connect the Union facility to the future Legacy Plaza.”

“The renovation and expansion of the student union will dramatically change the student experience on the East Camus Union by creating a revitalized social center for students and visitors alike. The renovation of this building serves as a catalyst for the transformation of the east campus both today and into the future.”

– Nick Schulz, RDG Partner and Project Manager

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chartered in 1860, is an educational institution of international stature. Nebraska, a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance is classified with the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” category. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University of Nebraska was founded on February 15, 1869.

“The renovation of the Nebraska East Union is a transformative project that will benefit students and the East Campus community for years to come. The project focuses on the needs of current and future students and will revitalize the building back to the vibrant, central hub it once was.”

– Ryan Lahne, Interim Director of the UNL Nebraska Unions

Always a place of high ambition, this was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees-the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world’s first undergraduate –psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta.

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