LINCOLN — It has been a busy five years for UNO campus expansion, and university leaders are getting busy planning for more growth in the near future.
University of Nebraska at Omaha officials Friday gave the NU Board of Regents a $200 million checklist of recently completed expansion and renovation projects.
But they filled in no blanks about the future, including athletic facilities. Among the questions left unanswered: What might replace the Caniglia Field football stadium? Does UNO still harbor hopes of an on-campus hockey arena? And what will develop on land UNO and the NU Foundation own south of Center Street near Little Papillion Creek?
UNO presented a required five-year update of its 2006-2015 Facilities Development Plan to the regents' business affairs committee.
Chancellor John Christensen said $200 million has been invested in campus expansion and renovation, increasing UNO's space by 31 percent over the past five years. The university added 832,000 square feet of space in such structures as academic buildings, student housing and parking garages.
It now has 3.5 million square feet of building space.
UNO's checklist of completed projects included erecting the $34 million Mammel Hall, a new business administration building just south of the Peter Kiewit Institute near Pacific Street.
The university constructed housing for 384 students at Maverick Village at $29 million and for 480 students at Scott Court at $23 million, and purchased the privately owned University Village, home to 576 students.
UNO also renovated and expanded Criss Library, $18 million; renovated and expanded the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, $19 million; and renovated and expanded its Health, Physical Education and Recreation facility, $39 million. It spent $14 million to renovate Roskens Hall.
A Peter Kiewit Institute renovation and expansion is in its beginning stages. And construction is expected to begin this spring on the $24 million Community Engagement Center.
UNO officials noted the acquisition of 60 acres of land south of Center Street — the NU Foundation is holding another 11 acres next door — but revealed no plans for the open ground.
As for the future, John Amend, UNO's director of facilities and planning, told the regents that studies are under way.
UNO has talked about athletic fields, student housing and university outreach buildings south of Center, but officials made little mention of those things in their presentation.
Amend, in an interview, said the university is in the early stages of a long process of planning the UNO of the next 30 to 40 years.
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