Construction crews continue their work on the new STEM building at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Led by general contractor Hausmann Construction of Lincoln, the 90,000-square-foot facility is located on UNK’s west campus between West Center and Ockinga Hall.
The STEM building, scheduled for completion in spring 2020, is part of a $30 million project that replaces the 64-year-old Otto C. Olsen building. It will house seven academic departments and feature cutting-edge technology in science, technology, engineering and math education fields.
Most of the departments currently housed in Otto Olsen will move to the STEM facility. Those include construction management, industrial distribution, interior design, aviation and cyber systems. Mathematics and statistics are relocating there from Warner Hall, and physics, astronomy and engineering are shifting from Bruner Hall of Science.
The project is paid for by renewal bonds and through state appropriation from LB858, the University of Nebraska Facilities Program of 2016. That appropriation directed deferred maintenance funding to facility replacement projects, including the Otto Olsen building.
-Todd Gottula, UNK Communications
Video and Photos by Steph Gallaway, UNK Communications