Mammel Hall file

The NU Board of Regents approved a plan Wednesday to put $17 million in private money into an addition to Mammel Hall, the College of Business Administration building on the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Scott Campus.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha says its College of Business Administration is such a booming enterprise that Mammel Hall needs a $17 million expansion.

UNO will ask the NU Board of Regents on Wednesday in Kearney for approval of its Mammel Hall expansion plans. The meeting starts at 9:45 a.m. at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Nebraskan Student Union, 1013 W. 27th St.

Business evidently is a hot program in the NU system. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln last year opened the $84 million College of Business building, called Howard L. Hawks Hall. The facility was privately funded. The Mammel Hall addition also would be paid for with private money.

UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold said the estimated $426,000 in annual operating and maintenance costs wouldn’t be privately funded, but increased enrollment and use would cover those costs.

“And it all pays for itself, and more,” Gold said. He said businesses also use Mammel Hall for meetings and other purposes.

Documents in the Board of Regents’ packet say Mammel Hall, on UNO’s Scott Campus south of Pacific Street, should reach capacity by 2022 and have a 14 percent growth in enrollment, from 2,800 to 3,200, from that time to 2029.

The documents say more than 2,600 students majored, minored or participated in joint programs in the business administration college in 2016.

Carlo Eby of Omaha, who graduated this year as a UNO business major, said Mammel Hall is heavily used. Many students who live on the south campus study and congregate there, Eby said.

“So space there has always been tight,” he said. “It’s a place with tables, a place with Wi-Fi, a place with reservable study rooms.”

Business is a popular major, he said, because it’s flexible enough to be used for a variety of careers and in numerous fields, industries and companies. Eby is working at an ethanol company, Green Plains, from which he can see Mammel Hall.

Mammel was completed eight years ago.

The addition would provide space for more classrooms, faculty offices, research labs, study space and a 180-person multipurpose room.

The expansion would add 43,700 gross square feet to the 123,000-square-foot facility. The addition would jut north of Mammel Hall.

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