Nebraska East Union Renovation

COVID-19 Updates:

The Nebraska Unions are closed indefinitely. 

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Effective June 8, 2020

  • University Bookstore is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Use the north-side doors to enter the building.
  • Computer Lab is open 24. Scan your NCard on the card reader at the west-side doors to enter.
All other areas and services inside the building remain closed.
For your safety, read and follow posted signs and guidelines.

Welcome to the Nebraska East Union Renovation Site!

In October 2018 the Nebraska East Union began a 2 year renovation project. The Nebraska East Union opened in 1977. Over the years the needs of East Campus have changed, which lead to this renovation of approximately $28.5 million. Highlights of this project include:

  • 30% expansion of the Great Plains Room
  • Dining is moving to the 1st Floor and will have expanded food and seating options for the whole campus community as well as those on meal plans.
  • Bowling Center will be upgraded to expand the team space as well as enhance the Husker Experience for bowlers using the space.
  • New Starbucks located at the new South Entrance connected to Legacy Plaza
  • New and increased lounges and study rooms for building community

This page will be the location where you can find all the up to date information about the Nebraska East Union Renovation. From what areas will be closed to when your favorite area will reopen. Here you will find the links to all the video updates, photos from the project along with some thoughts from the Nebraska Unions Staff about how the project is moving along and what you can expect.

Follow us through the Grit of making your Nebraska East Union better with our successes and even our frustrations. Through this page we will even try to answer your questions with walk throughs with the contractors and show you weekly updates on what is happening behind the walls.

We want to thank you for your patience through this upgrade and hope you will see the Glory of the Renovated Nebraska East Union shine through in the Fall of 2020.

Week of June 1 Project Updates

Although the Nebraska East Union is currently closed, we have so far been able to take advantage of the closure to begin the final phase of the renovation quite a bit sooner than originally planned. Construction continues during our closure and here are the updates:

  • Drywall on 1st and 3rd floor wrapped up. Painting to begin next week
  • Tile work in the bowling team locker room and 3rd floor drinking fountain next week
  • Wood on 1st floor sitting stairs will finish up next week
  • Loading dock doors and automatic openers have been installed
  • Ceiling work and soundproofing in bowling is progressing
  • Sprinklers are getting installed on 3rd floor
  • Outdoor patio brick and railing is installed.

Other Building Items

  • The plastic enclosure on the new exterior windows (from the exterior) was removed.
  • We will be closing the 3rd floor from just after the restrooms back to the Student Involvement Suite on April 6 to begin the next phase. SOFS, Event Planning, Administration, and Dining Clerical offices will move to the Garden Room (move out to happen earlier than April 6). The rest of the 3rd floor (lounge, restrooms, and meeting rooms) will go offline for renovation beginning on Friday, May 8th.
  • We will be hosting a Mid-Renovation Open House on Monday, March 9 from 11am-1pm.

Updated Milestone Dates

  • Starbucks is scheduled to be completed on February 1st and hopefully open shortly thereafter
  • Great Plains Room is scheduled to be completed on 3/29/19 with our first event scheduled for 4/1
  • 3rd floor will go under renovation beginning after commencement
  • Bowling Alley and the rest of the 1st floor is scheduled to be renovated May 11, 2020 to October 2020

Nebraska East Union Video Updates

Click here to see all the new behind the scene videos from the Nebraska East Union Renovation

Project Timeline

Phase 1: Beginning Fall Semester 2018

  • 1st Floor Dining Facility
  • Great Plains Room Expansion
Phase 2: Beginning Spring Semester 2019
  • Great Plains Room Expansion and Renovation (GPR Offline May 2019)
  • Atrium and 2nd Floor
Phase 3: Beginning May 2020
  • Bowling and Rest of 1st Floor
  • 3rd Floor
Projected Construction Milestones
  • Dining Center- November 2019
  • Starbucks and majority of 2nd Floor- February 2020
  • Great Plains Room- April 2020
  • Bowling and Welcome Desk- October 2020

Project Information

Temporary Structure: Click Here.

Site Logistics: Click Here.

Renderings: Click Here.

Temporary Building Access Map: Click Here.

Construction Project Meeting Notes

June 1, 2020: Click Here.

May 11, 2020: Click Here.

April 13, 2020: Click Here.

March 2, 2020: Click Here.

February 17, 2020: Click Here.

February 3, 2020: Click Here.

January 20, 2020: Click Here.

January 6, 2020: Click Here.

December 9, 2019: Click Here.

November 12, 2019: Click Here.

October 28, 2019: Click Here.

October 14, 2019: Click Here.

October 1, 2019: Click Here.

September 17, 2019: Click Here.

September 3, 2019: Click Here.

August 19, 2019: Click Here.

August 5, 2019: Click Here.

July 22, 2019: Click Here.

June 24, 2019: Click Here.

June 10, 2019: Click Here.

May 27, 2019: Click Here.

May 14, 2019: Click Here.

April 29, 2019: Click Here.

April 15, 2019: Click Here.

April 1, 2019: Click Here.

March 18, 2019: Click Here.

March 11, 2019: Click Here.

March 4, 2019: Click Here.