Updated Beatrice Campus Master Plan
What: The first modern general purpose classroom building (Academic Excellence Center) on the Beatrice campus (60,000 sq. ft.).
Why: Create effective learning space for all academic programs. Expand space to allow growth in Nursing program, Academic Transfer offerings, and dual credit courses. Provide safe, healthy, and accessible learning environment. Create flexible space for Continuing Education classes, community events, and Board meetings.
Who: Academic Transfer (including labs for Biology, Chemistry, Physics), Agriculture, Business, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Continuing Education.
How much: The anticipated cost is $19.0 million.
What: An on-campus dining hall for students on the Beatrice Campus (15,000 sq. ft.).
Why: With the construction of Homestead Hall and its capacity to house 148 students, a dining hall was needed for the more than 300 students living on campus. Great Western Dining is the food service provider effective in August 2019.
Who: The new dining hall can seat between 250 and 275 people at one time and includes a private dining room that seats approximately 30 people.
How much: The anticipated cost is $4 million.
March 22, 2019
The exterior framing and sheeting work continues this week. A snowmelt system will be added at the dock area and front doors for safety. The roof decking has been completed and the roofing materials are on site and ready to install once the weather warms up. Fans are being brought into the building so the area that will have the slab can dry faster.
Homestead Hall, a three-story residence hall on the Beatrice Campus, opened in time for the 2019 Fall Semester. The facility houses 152 students, both male and female, and has 25 four-bed single rooms, 11 four-bed double rooms, three two-bed ADA double rooms, one two-bed single room, and one room for the hall manager. Each room has a kitchenette area with a refrigerator, microwave oven and sink. Internet and television service also is available in each room.
There are two lounge areas, one on the first floor and one on the second floor. A convenience store is located on the first floor, just off the lobby area. There also are study areas located throughout the facility. Laundry facilities and a community kitchen are located on the garden (basement) level of the building.
4 Person Suite - Double Room
4 Person Suite - Single Room
ADA Suite - 2 Person
The Kennedy Center underwent extensive remodeling, including the renovation and relocation of the Library Resource Center. The former space occupied by the LRC is now a one-stop welcome center for all of Student Affairs, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Registration, and Advising. The Business Office, career advising personnel, campus safety and security, continuing education, and campus administration also are located in the remodeled space. There also is a conference room located in the Welcome Center. The Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The former area used by campus administration was remodeled into a learning commons space near the LRC. Included is a tutoring center. Both open and private study spaces also were built for students. Also, the Testing Center relocated from Jackson Hall to the Kennedy Center.
Students are able to receive assistance in remodeled spaces within the Kennedy Center.
The Storm Center Café was remodeled to seat 125 students. The former snack bar space was renovated to include a servery for grab-and-go food, a salad bar and the ability to make pizza and other quick items. Also included is a cold space for refrigerated and frozen grab-and-go food items.
Students can find numerous places to study or just hang out in the Storm Center Café.
Formerly a snack bar, the Storm Center Café offers an extended menu of items.