The Peter Kiewit Institute has begun construction on a year-long renovation project. The renovation process began in January 2010 with over 70 stakeholder meetings. More than 300 people participated in identifying 12 major renovation projects. The information gathered in these meetings was used to create the draft program statement.
In January 2011, the Board of Regents approved the program statement. Throughout 2011, funds were raised for the cost of the renovation. Interviews with architects, engineers, and contractors were held in early November 2011 with the selection of the architect and contractor approved by the Board of Regents in December 2011.
The renovation team is holding twice monthly meetings with the renovation committee, as well as individual user group meetings to discuss space needs.
Meet the Renovation Team:
Alley Poyner Macchietto
- Omaha-based firm
- Established 1987
- 35 employees
- Past Work: Kutak Rock building, UNMC Eye Institute, Criss Library
Kiewit Building Group
- Omaha-based firm
- Established 1884
- Past Work: Mammel Hall, Holland Performing Arts Center, Tower at First National Center
- A PKI social zone will be created, with a cafe and seating, where faculty, staff, and students can mingle and socialize over a meal.
- The atrium is going to get a facelift
- Six student breakout rooms will be created as collaboration space
- New classrooms will be added
Construction began July 2012. Some of the spaces Kiewit is currently working on: The graduate student spaces on the 3rd Floor, public spaces on the 2nd and 3rd Floors, and the 3rd Floor research spaces. The new public computer lab space on the 1st Floor was completed in November. The public computer lab spaces on the 2nd and 3rd Floors will be complete this spring.
The new reception/dining area is now complete next to the cafe. There is cafe seating and casual seating for studying, eating, and socializing. The atrium facelift continues with the installation of acoustic panels and paint. Furniture for the atrium will be arriving in a few weeks, giving even more seating options to students, faculty, and staff.
Please see the PKI Facebook page for photos of spaces in the building.