The LaVonne Kopecky Plambeck Early Childhood Education Center will serve a diverse group of children, providing hands-on experience for UNK students. Supported by generous donors, the center opened in Nov. 2019 and will help children develop confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills. “The Plambeck Center will be a model for the best early childhood education centers in the United States,” said UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen.
A gift from Kiewit Construction, one of the nation’s largest construction companies, is transforming the state’s only College of Engineering, helping it compete against the best engineering programs in the country. The contribution will help to build a brand new facility that will attract and retain talented students—who are needed to fill the 15,000 new engineering and computer science jobs that will exist in Nebraska by 2026.
Thanks to the State of Nebraska and private gifts, the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s new state-of-the-art building will be the first of its kind in the nation. The uniquely-designed building will offer integrated care and provide services and programs for patients with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The facility will open in fall 2020 on UNMC’s campus—enabling the institute to recruit top clinicians, educators and researchers to Nebraska.
UNO’s Biomechanics Research Building is now the largest academic and research facility of its kind in the world, thanks to private funding for its expansion. The additional 57,000 square feet adds critical space for research, machining, prototyping and education programs that are pioneering the study of the human body in motion.