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June 10, 2005 – The Board of Regents approved the program statement and budget for student housing replacement at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The board also approved a companion item authorizing issuance of revenue bonds to finance construction of the Kearney housing project.
EXPLANATION: The project as designed was bid a base of 300 beds with an alternate for an additional 32 beds for potential of 332 total beds. The project combines four- and two-bedroom units distributed throughout three new suite-style residence halls replacing the existing Case and Ludden structures. The residence halls have common laundry, computer labs and community kitchen areas distributed throughout the facilities, near vertical circulation corridors. Three-story structures border Ninth Ave., maintaining a consistent scale at campus boundary. A four-story structure allows for greater building efficiency on the interior of campus. A signature link between the two structures on Ninth Ave. functions as both an aesthetically welcoming area of campus and as a large interior gathering area for student activities. Halls are designed to mechanically tie into campus steam, chilled water and electrical distribution systems.
Proposed start of construction March 2006
Proposed completion of construction July 2007
PROJECT COST: $21,780,000