New fraternity and sorority housing set to open next year – UNK News


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Construction crews continue to make steady progress on the site of new UNK fraternity and sorority housing.

The $32.65 million project includes renovating Martin Hall, which was last occupied in 2014, and adding a new residence hall directly north.

The new building will include chapter houses in the basement, chapter rooms on the first floor, assigned housing modules on the second floor and flexible housing units on the third floor. It is designed for Pan-Hellenic sororities, with meeting space and a lounge for multicultural chapters.

Martin Hall, designed for IFC fraternities, will have a similar layout, with the addition of Residence Life office space and a ground floor “great hall”/club house community space that encourages interaction. between different organizations. By renovating Martin Hall, UNK is able to utilize an existing resource and preserve some of the building’s historic elements while adding new amenities and upgrades.

The residence halls – approximately 41,000 and 42,000 square feet, respectively – are large enough to accommodate 235 beds in total. Each fraternity and sorority living in the accommodation will have its own dedicated chapter space.

The project provides long-term stability for Fraternity and sorority life (FSL) while creating another affordable and attractive on-campus housing option. The FSL residences will face each other, with a green space between the two serving as an extension of the student union square. This location puts some of UNK’s most active students right next to the Nebraskan Student Union, a center for on-campus social activity, and gives them easy access to dining options.

The proposed opening dates are January 2023 for Martin Hall and August 2023 for the new building.

The current fraternity and sorority housing – University Residence North (URN) and University Residence South (URS) – will be razed upon completion of the project. These buildings have the highest annual maintenance and operating costs among UNK halls of residence and continue to experience mechanical infrastructure issues.

Funding for the FSL housing project comes from facility reserves, non-revolving funds and an internal loan program.

By eliminating Louie’s Diner, a URS food court, the university hopes to save between $250,000 and $350,000 in annual dining expenses. Additional savings will be realized by sharing residence staff with nearby campus accommodations.


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