University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska East Union

Since the University’s opening in 1977, the needs of the UNL students have drastically changed - our re-design and addition to their union was a key initiative to meet those needs. This renovation transformed the union from an outdated facility into THE gathering place on campus.

Awards: The project was awarded the 2021 ACUI Facility Design Excellence Award.

Lincoln, NE

105,475 SF


Year / Status

Enhancing Visual Connectivity

Improving visual connectivity, transparency, daylighting, and wayfinding were all key objectives to the success of this renovation and addition of the Nebraska East Union. The most dramatic new feature is the redesigned central atrium, an organizing element that revitalizes the sense of community in the building.

Transforming Campus Integration

A new main street circulation path with an added entry connects program spaces and amenities within the building while strengthening its integration into the campus fabric. 

Special new features include an expanded pre-function lounge and ballroom for flexible event planning, a multi-venue dining marketplace, new retail components, a Starbucks café, as well as a fully renovated bowling center with new locker rooms.

This project was designed in collaboration with RDG Planning & Design.

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