UNK facilities planning, construction unit combines with UNL, UNO teams

Facilities planning and construction units at Lincoln, Kearney and Omaha campuses are now a systemwide University of Nebraska facilities organization.

The realignment is part of the recommendations made by Nebraska’s Budget Response Teams, the university-wide groups charged with identifying cost savings to help address budget shortfalls resulting from cuts in state funding and increasing costs.

The NU Facilities Planning and Construction unit offers full project support services through capital construction, minor construction, engineering, project controls and the university code official/fire marshal for UNL, UNO, UNK, and other university facilities statewide.

Under the new structure, no state funds will be used to provide project management services. Instead, fees for project management will be part of the project and based on a percentage of the estimated total project cost.

Fees range from 4.75 percent (for projects up to $499,000) with a sliding scale down to 1 percent (for projects greater than $200 million). This sliding fee structure was based on a previous study conducted by Big Ten facilities directors.

Fees for building permits, design, planning and studies will be charged as applicable for each individual project.

Campus support services continue to be offered without charge. These services include project initial cost estimates, maintenance of facility records, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, design guidelines, facilities conditions assessments, general code inquiries, and faculty support and collaboration.

Mark Miller, assistant vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction, will oversee the NU facilities team, reporting to Central Administration and campus leadership.

Other NU facilities leadership and areas Miller will oversee include: John Amend, physical planning and real estate; Jim Jackson, maintenance and operations; and Lalit Agarwal, utilities and energy.

The alignment includes the addition of a university architect, a role filled by Alan Wedige of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

As part of the transition, facilities planning and construction staff on all three campuses now have nebraska.edu email addresses.

Learn more about the new systemwide University of Nebraska facilities organization.

To view the current organizational chart, Click Here.