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UNL Innovation campus

Postby Brad » Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:52 pm

UNL research campus (Fairgrounds)

New campus 'could transform' UNL
http://www.omaha.com/article/20090910/NEWS01/909109985

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LINCOLN — Chancellor Harvey Perlman said today that he sees the new research campus planned for the state fairgrounds as a potential bridge between the two existing University of Nebraska-Lincoln campuses.

During his annual “state of the university” speech, Perlman unveiled a plan to beef up study and research into life sciences and biology at UNL.

Perlman called for greater collaboration between agriculture faculty on the East Campus and the engineering and science faculty on the main City Campus as UNL embarks on the establishment of the Innovation Campus at State Fair Park. The fairgrounds abuts the downtown campus and comes within blocks of the East Campus.

“Through both its geography and its activities, Innovation Campus has the potential to transform the university,” Perlman said. “It is stunning how this piece of land connects in a physical way what we have come to call the City and East Campuses.”
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Postby Brad » Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:53 pm

BTW, did we have this thread or is it mixed in the state fair thread?
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Postby StreetsOfOmaha » Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:36 pm

It sounds like it could be pretty great for UNL and Lincoln. Have there been any plans released?

*Edit: I answered my own question. The OWH featured a pretty good 3D overview of the campus.

It looks reasonably dense/urban. I hope it has a great pedestrian scale to it.
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Postby CapitalGuy » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:16 am

NU Regents Approve the Innovation Campus Master Plans

The board OK'd plans for the $801 million campus following a bus tour of the now-quiet fairgrounds, during which regents donned hard hats and got a firsthand look at the 4-H and Industrial Arts buildings.

The 4-H Building is slated for renovation into a campus commons area at the heart of Innovation Campus. The Industrial Arts Building is scheduled, at least for now, for demolition.


But at least one regent cautioned his "yes" vote doesn't mean he supports tearing down the Industrial Arts Building.

University leaders and Innovation Campus consultants haven't fully explored all options for preserving the building, Regent Chuck Hassebrook of Lyons said.

He said the building, with its ornate features, is exactly the type of attraction that would draw young people to Lincoln.

"It is the kind of architecture that is appealing," Hassebrook said. "To destroy that would be a shame."


But Jay Noddle of Omaha-based Noddle Cos., the company that led the effort to craft a business plan for Innovation Campus, said preserving the Industrial Arts Building isn't the best use for that site.

Consultants seriously considered preservation, especially in light of the recent report, Noddle said.

But renovation would be extremely costly, he said. Beyond that, the building's site -- expected to serve as part of Innovation Campus' "front door" -- has higher potential.

"Preservation is worthwhile, but you've got to pick your spot," Noddle said. "What happens right here (at the site) is huge."

The site could be used for office or research space, or perhaps a hotel, he said.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman said preserving the Industrial Arts Building would require private funding, since UNL can't afford work on that building in addition to the 4-H Building renovation and infrastructure costs.


ADMINS: Could we get the threads title changed to reflect the naming of the fairgrounds as the Innovation Campus?

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Postby Big E » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:42 am

Since the LJS can't seem to be bothered to post a picture:

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And, not surprisingly, I agree this building should be saved.  Would make a great visitors center or demonstration area of some sort.
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Postby almighty_tuna » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:53 am

Big E wrote:Since the LJS can't seem to be bothered to post a picture:

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And, not surprisingly, I agree this building should be saved.  Would make a great visitors center or demonstration area of some sort.


I agree.  it's a great exterior.

On somewhat of a nostalgic note, this is the first year in the last 25+ years that Gallup won't be having their Christmas party in on the fairgrounds down there.  Every year we've gone down there, even after Gallup moved to Omaha, and we'd have hundreds of families in the large building across the street from the IA building with free indoor carnival games, food, cotton candy.  Santa would make an appearance and for the last x number of years you would have your family photo with Santa on a polaroid.  It started out with maybe 50 people and last year we had nearly 1,000.  I hope the Innovation Campus turns out, but I'm sure going to miss a Christmas tradition.

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Postby Brad » Wed May 19, 2010 12:44 pm

11 Most Endangered
Industrial Arts Building

http://www.preservationnation.org/issue ... ndangered/

National Trust for Historic Preservation wrote:Significance
In the early days of the last century, the citizens of Lincoln, Neb. were eager to create a grand showcase for their city's most important export – agricultural products.

When a dramatic new 93,500-square-foot trapezoidal red brick exposition space was dedicated in 1913 at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds, local dreams were realized. With Palladian windows, natural skylights, intricate roof trusses and a 4-story fountained interior, the Agricultural Hall, as it was called, was a showstopper.  

After a new hall was built in 1948, the old building, renamed Industrial Arts, continued to serve the community for nearly six decades – until 2004, when it closed due to disrepair. For nearly a century, the iconic Industrial Arts Building has showcased the best of Nebraska. Saving this handsome, well-built building and giving it a bright new future is what sustainability and innovation are all about.

In addition to its importance to Nebraska's agricultural history, the Industrial Arts Building has an aviation pedigree.  Following World War I, the Lincoln Standard Aircraft Company used the building to assemble airplanes, including the plane in which Charles Lindbergh learned to fly.


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May 19, 2010: When the Nebraska State Fair elected to move from its longtime home in Lincoln, ownership of the Industrial Arts Building was transferred to the University of Nebraska, which plans to create a research park called Innovation Campus on the old fairgrounds site. Despite its long history of showcasing innovation, the Industrial Arts Building is not part of the university's master plan and will soon meet the wrecking ball unless a developer steps forward to rescue and reuse the building.
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developer submits proposal for IAB to UNL

Postby Historic Omaha » Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:53 pm

since i don't think this has been posted...

http://savetheiab.com/Bids.aspx

http://www.alexandercompany.com/

This company is absolutely amazing.  I hope that the University takes them up on the proposal - and i hope that they like Nebraska so much that they do a project in Omaha - like the power plant at 6th & Jones.

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Re: developer submits proposal for IAB to UNL

Postby delinea design » Sun Jul 11, 2010 8:56 pm

Historic Omaha wrote:since i don't think this has been posted...

http://savetheiab.com/Bids.aspx

http://www.alexandercompany.com/

This company is absolutely amazing.  I hope that the University takes them up on the proposal - and i hope that they like Nebraska so much that they do a project in Omaha - like the power plant at 6th & Jones.


The Alexander Company does fantastic work.  Thanks for sharing that link, I'd never heard of them.  I really hope they get their hands on that building, they could do incredible things.

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Postby iamjacobm » Tue Aug 10, 2010 10:08 pm

Fair building won't be saved

http://www.omaha.com/article/20100810/N ... t-be-saved

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The fight to save a historic Nebraska State Fair exhibition hall was dealt a major blow Tuesday, when University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials rejected a proposal to redevelop the 1913 Industrial Arts Building.

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Sen. Avery against demo IAB & Nat'l Trust response to Ha

Postby Historic Omaha » Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:01 pm

Senator Avery is an important State Senator - and on the committee looking into how to balance the States budget shortfall:
http://www.averyforlegislature.com/news ... s-building


Harvey Pearlman's comments during the SHPO Board meeting were ridiculous - so the Trust wrote this letter to the LJS editorial staff.
http://journalstar.com/news/opinion/mai ... 002e0.html

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Postby iamjacobm » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:29 pm

http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/article_aefa147f-416b-583e-8f29-2960ea1f21e3.html

1. 170,000-square-foot central commons building -- Includes renovation of original 4-H building; nearly doubles size of that building. State funds of $10 million will renovate east half; Woodbury Corp. will renovate west half.
2. Companion building to commons building -- To be built by Woodbury Corp.
3. "Food, fuel and water" research facility -- $30 million building will use $15 million in state funds and $15 million in private gifts to be raised by NU.
4. Equal-sized life science building -- To be constructed by Woodbury if NU raises its $15 million match for the "food, fuel and water" research facility.


Very exciting news!

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Postby nebugeater » Thu Jun 09, 2011 3:26 am

iamjacobm wrote:http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/article_aefa147f-416b-583e-8f29-2960ea1f21e3.html

1. 170,000-square-foot central commons building -- Includes renovation of original 4-H building; nearly doubles size of that building. State funds of $10 million will renovate east half; Woodbury Corp. will renovate west half.
2. Companion building to commons building -- To be built by Woodbury Corp.
3. "Food, fuel and water" research facility -- $30 million building will use $15 million in state funds and $15 million in private gifts to be raised by NU.
4. Equal-sized life science building -- To be constructed by Woodbury if NU raises its $15 million match for the "food, fuel and water" research facility.


Very exciting news!


Here is the University release with some renderings

http://newsroom.unl.edu/releases/2011/0 ... ding+plans




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Postby Brad » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:10 pm

New life for State Fair building

http://www.omaha.com/article/20120105/N ... r-building

Omaha World-Herald wrote:LINCOLN -- Developers will preserve the outer facade of the Industrial Arts Building while converting the interior space to high-ceilinged research laboratories and state-of-the-art greenhouses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials announced Thursday.

But the 1913 building's interior steel trusses and mezzanine level will need to be gutted to make way for the new uses, said Zach Wiegert, manager of Nebraska Nova Development, the company responsible for transforming the former State Fairgrounds in Lincoln to a public-private research park.
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Postby Big E » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:48 pm

Now how hard was that?
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Postby Seth » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:48 pm

Maybe they were just trying to lower all our expectations so we'd be more excited when they finally went with a practical approach of preserving history and adapting to changing needs.

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Postby HuskerAlum04 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:45 am

Biked through the entire Innovation Campus (old state fair park) today and nearly every building but a few are leveled.  When I mean every building... I mean every single structure.  The structures remaining are obviously the Devaney Sports Complex, Ice Box, Industrial Arts Building, 4-H Building and Racetrack grandstand.  

Currently there are just a handful of horse stalls that were on the far north/northeast end of the racetrack that still stand.  But not for long, there are 5 back hoes doing work on the far north end and I saw one of the old horse stalls being taken down.  Nearly everything else is leveled and graded ready for building.  Even the lights for the racetrack have been taken down and the track is being graded.

Not much movement on the Industrial Arts/4H building project as shown here:  http://innovate.unl.edu/

No signs, trucks, or any sign of life.  Just boarded windows and lots of weeds surround these old structures.  Last I heard was an Fall 2012 start.  But it's now fall... and 2012.  So who knows...

I'll post pictures next week to show the barren wasteland that was the state fair park.

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Postby RichLNK » Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:48 pm

Groundbreaking for Innovation Campus is scheduled for November

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Postby HuskerAlum04 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:48 pm

Official breaking ground ceremony this friday.  http://innovate.unl.edu/breaking-ground-future

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Postby RichLNK » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:41 am

ConAgra is the first announced tenant of the first phase of Innovation Campus

http://journalstar.com/news/local/educa ... 0127b.html

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Postby Coyote » Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:46 pm

[font=Georgia]ConAgra Foods, Nebraska Innovation Campus collaboration to be announced Nov. 16[/font]

“Breaking Ground for the Future” is the theme of a ceremonial event and major announcement Nov. 16 on a new level of collaboration between UNL and ConAgra Foods. The collaboration includes expanded research and development projects at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

The collaboration will be announced at an event at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at Van Brunt Visitors Center. A live-streamed video will be available for viewing at http://real.unl.edu/live_3.


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Postby HuskerAlum04 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:44 pm

Entire construction area (multiple acres as well as prep/storage area) is now fenced off and work has been going on inside both buildings.

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Postby iamjacobm » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:39 pm

Innovation Campus is going to be incredible for UNL and the city.  The jobs connected to this kind of research is huge.

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Postby Brad » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:58 pm

Lester St James posted photos of the old Horse Racing Track being demolished.
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Postby iamjacobm » Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:09 pm

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Grand-Opening-Thursday-For-Nebraska-Research-Facility-271074201.html

A grand opening will be held Thursday for the conference center at the Nebraska Innovation Campus, the new research and technology park on Lincoln's old state fairgrounds.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman is scheduled to speak at the ceremony.

The center provides multi-functional meeting and collaboration space that includes a 400-seat auditorium, 400-seat banquet room, eight breakout rooms and five catering options.

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Postby DustinS » Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:58 am

Picture of current development as of this morning. If you want to watch the development grow Tetrad has a live webcam at http://tetradpropertygroup.com/properti ... on-campus/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Postby Coyote » Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:14 pm

Good find Dustin! Thanks for posting the link.
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Re: UNL Innovation campus

Postby Coyote » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:25 pm

Just heard in an interview, UNL is now starting Phase II. Also heard they have their first restaurant... The Mill is opening a second location (Haymarket). I don't remember the one in the Haymarket... is this a Good get?
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Re: UNL Innovation campus

Postby MadMartin8 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:29 pm

Coyote wrote:Just heard in an interview, UNL is now starting Phase II. Also heard they have their first restaurant... The Mill is opening a second location (Haymarket). I don't remember the one in the Haymarket... is this a Good get?


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Re: UNL Innovation campus

Postby nebugeater » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:58 am

Here is a little more information on the Mill going that will be at the Innovation Campus

http://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/art ... on-campus/
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Postby jlincoln » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:14 am

I just happened to be on the Innovation Campus yesterday and saw the new Mill area under construction. Big space with floor to ceiling glass walls. Artwork in the hallways with comfortable space for working etc. Very beautiful calming space, nice to see this come together.

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Re: UNL Innovation campus

Postby nebraska » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:46 pm

Construction begins on newest Nebraska Innovation Campus building

80,000 square feet. The location can be seen on their parking page

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Re: UNL Innovation campus

Postby Greg S » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:14 am

I have been to a couple conferences there were based out of the NIC Conference Center and could not be more impressed with that facility.

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