UNMC launches campus expansion project
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – After years of planning, buying land and moving businesses – demolition has started at the northwest corner of Saddle Creek Road and Farnam Street as the University of Nebraska Medicine begins its multi-year campus expansion project.
“You will also see that we also have land south of there and we are working on the administrative facilities of that lands, as well as a technology transfer facility and an innovation facility,” said Brian Spencer, executive director. campus development and real estate.
The two existing buildings west of Saddle Creek will become what will be called the “innovation center”.
“[It]aims to help people with brilliant ideas from all over our institution and the region to bring those ideas to market and connect with the university and our university research in a truly positive way to generate ideas, generate businesses and ultimately generate economic growth around our region, ”says Spencer.
The redeveloped land will house academic entities such as UNeMed and UNeHealth, where clinical trials are contracted out. It will also be home to UNeTech, which coordinates the startups mentioned by Spencer.
But the district will also offer commercial spaces, a food hall, restaurants, housing and possibly hotels.
“The goal at this stage is to generate a space adjacent to the university but providing an excellent buffer zone to the neighborhoods and part of our mission to make the area of the medical center and downtown of Omaha and the great region of Omaha the best place to live, work and play in the countryside.
In partnership with the city, the roads in the district will be redone and car parks will be built to support the new development of the district.
Plans also include a pedestrian bridge over Saddle Creek Road that connects to the main campus, Spencer says it’s a win-win.
“We’re going to have a much safer passage for all of our staff who can park or live west of Saddle Creek that won’t block these intersections during the morning rush hour for people trying to get downtown.” or downtown west, we will increase security and increase throughput in those streets.
This part of the expansion totals $ 45 million and the first buildings are expected to be completed within the next two to three years.
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