Nebraska Innovation Campus


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Lincoln Journal Star (


The first new building at Nebraska Innovation Campus is taking shape. Construction workers have completed much of the shell for the Companion Building, a three-story building just north of and adjacent to the former 4-H Building on what used to be State Fair Park. They’ve also nearly finished renovating the 4-H Building, which will include a conference center and office and research space. Renovation of the former Industrial Arts building continues at the south edge of the campus,with exterior brick walls propped up by braces and virtually nothing left inside. The university has yet to start work on a fourth building planned for the first phase of work on Innovation Campus, a laboratory between the historic 4-H and Industrial Arts structures. University of Nebraska-Lincoln leaders, meanwhile, have decided to significantly alter the campus' design, moving greenhouses originally to be built on a new second floor of Industrial Arts to new structures to be built east of Industrial Arts. The university decided that with the Food Science and Technology Department moving into the Industrial Arts' second floor it would be awkward to have food science laboratories connected to plant science greenhouses. “That made us rethink the whole process,” said Dan Duncan, executive director of Innovation Campus. The move also allows the university to build greenhouses as needed rather than all at once, as would be required if the greenhouses were built on the Industrial Arts’ second floor. He said university leaders decided private and university plant scientists won’t need as much greenhouse space as was planned for Industrial Arts.