UNK puts finishing touches on student union renovation

(University of Nebraska at Kearney)

Workers are putting the finishing touches on a $6 million renovation project at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Digital monitors are still waiting to be installed, which will be located throughout the central atrium and west end of the union, can be used to direct people around the building, promote student organizations and advertise upcoming events on campus.

“One of our goals is to move everybody toward that digital piece,” said Michael Christen, director of business services at UNK.

A large video wall inside the food court will include nine 55-inch LCD displays arranged in three rows, and is expected to be installed within the next month.

The renovation project, which started in December, improved dining and meeting spaces within the union while adding a Chick-fil-A, fully licensed Starbucks and fireplace lounge and addressing HVAC, lighting and sewer issues.

“It’s going to be a space that brings in not only students, but also brings in a lot more community members and alumni,” he said. “It’s a space to be proud of.”

A separate project will give the Antelope Bookstore a face-lift to match the rest of the union upgrades, as well as resolve ongoing plumbing issues.

The bookstore, which is operated by Barnes & Noble, will move from the east end of the student union to a temporary location at 1420 W. 24th St., just south of the Health and Sports Center along U.S. Highway 30, to accommodate that work. It will be closed next week during the transition before reopening Oct. 29 at the temporary location, which formerly housed The College Store.

The Antelope Bookstore is tentatively scheduled to move back into the student union in March.

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