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Summer construction season kicks off with the demolition of Piper Hall and the closure of Vine Street.

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Summer construction season kicks off with the demolition of Piper Hall and the closure of Vine Street.

Nebraskan projects aim to support spaces for teaching, learning and research. “We want to use our spaces well and have a positive ecosystem on campus,” an official says.

Summer is a popular time for campus construction, as student traffic decreases and makes room for larger demolitions. This year’s construction volume is higher than usual, due in part to collaboration with the state. Kiewit Hall construction, Piper Hall demolition and Love Library cupola renovation are some of the projects underway.

Piper Hall will be demolished and converted into open green space. The project is scheduled to be completed during the first part of the fall semester. Demolition inside Piper has started with asbestos abatement that will take approximately six weeks. “People are going to be surprised,” Hay said.

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The project will create a walking corridor that spans City Campus from east to west, creating more open space and opportunities for future development. “One of the campus planning goals is to try to open this area up more,” Hay said.

The walkway between Piper Hall and Chi Omega sorority will be closed for safety. Students will be re-directed to the R Street sidewalks or north of the Neihardt Complex.

The Love Library cupola is undergoing major external restoration. The iconic structure will be under construction for another eight to 10 weeks. Minor interruptions such as noise may occur, and the southeast entrance and sidewalk will be closed during the last weeks while a crane is on-site.

The work will be completed in phases and drivers should check with their local council before venturing out into the city centre area for the first time.

The Kiewit Hall project will continue toward its scheduled completion for occupancy in January 2024, and the current Vine Street redirection will remain in place.

Architecture Hall renovations have started and will soon shift into a second phase. The project is relocating the Architecture Hall Library and expanding design studio and work spaces. Phase one of this project adds 12 new design studios, a wellness room, spray booth and critique spaces.

Nebraska Wesleyan University of Nebraska-Omaha campus improvements will continue through the summer. Phase two of the Legacy Plaza project would focus on updates to the Dairy Story and Nebraska East Union. It would also add porches and green space, similar to those at the Dinsdale Family Learning Commons.

Vine Street utility work will close portions of the street and the East Stadium loop. The Love Library cupola will impact the southeast entry to the building when the crane is present.

These projects will all be marked with proper cones and signage to help students and staff stay on top of their ability to get around campus.

Building upgrades include energy-efficient LED lighting, roof repairs and fire safety upgrades. Many other projects will be completed or under way over the course of the summer.

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