Third phase of Nebraska Union Plaza replacement begins

Third phase of Nebraska Union Plaza replacement begins

Fencing blocks off a concrete replacement project on the west third of the Nebraska Union Plaza. The work, which continues through mid-August, is the final phase in a three-year upgrade of the plaza.
Troy Fedderson | University Communication
Fencing blocks off a concrete replacement project on the western third of the Nebraska Union Plaza. The work, which continues through mid-August, is the final phase in a three-year upgrade of the plaza.

A three-year project to upgrade the Nebraska Union Plaza has entered its final phase.

The summer 2018 phase is focused on concrete replacement on the westernmost third of the plaza. Work began July 9 and continues through mid-August. The Nebraska Union’s north entrance and sidewalks around the project will remain open through construction.

The three-phase project is replacing well-weathered concrete that was installed in 1999 and deteriorated to cause pedestrian hazards. The work has also included the addition of digital signage, repairing steps, Broyhill Fountain improvements, installation of LED lighting, and creating an area for hammocks.

“We started this multiple-phase project three years ago to upgrade the plaza so it continues to be a vibrant, welcoming and safe gathering place for the university community and visitors,” said Ryan Lahne, interim director of the Nebraska Unions. “We are excited to see this project completed and the space ready as we prepare to welcome students back for the fall semester.”

The work will remove the seating/planting area closest to the Nebraska Union’s north entrance. The removal will open up the plaza slightly, allowing for additional space for various events held in front of the Nebraska Union.

Other planting/seating areas on the plaza will remain. Overgrown shrubs surrounding trees in the planting area have been removed.

Broyhill Fountain will not be in operation during construction, allowing for the completion of minor maintenance work.

Pedestrians should be aware that the project will temporarily create extra noise and dust in the plaza area.

Upgrades to the middle and east part of the Nebraska Union Plaza, including replacement of steps next to Broyhill Fountain, were completed in the previous two summers.