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University of Nebraska at Kearney to Build New Student Housing

The University of Nebraska’s Kearney campus in Kearney, Neb., recently announced plans to expand its student housing options in the form of a new Greek Village, according to a news release. The project will consist of building a new residence hall and renovating an existing one to increase living space on campus for members of UNK fraternities and sororities. The new residence hall will cover 43,000 square feet, include 122 beds, and stand three stories.

The space was designed by architecture firms KWK Architects and BWBR. The first floor will include chapter lounges for each campus sorority, while the third floor contains residences. Existing campus building Martin Hall, which has been empty since 2014, will offer an open-floor plan on the second and third floors and a chapter community room in the basement. Martin Hall will include 120 beds and a communal “great room” on the ground floor to foster socializing among different organizations.

“UNK has a reputation for quality, student-centered experiences, and our Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) community is one of the best examples of this dynamic educational environment,” said Kelsey Hassenstab, assistant director of fraternity and sorority life. “This project will facilitate more community-building among the FSL organizations by providing more opportunities for all the chapters to be involved. It’s more inclusive and progressive housing, which will allow us to grow closer as a community and work together to achieve our educational and community service goals.”

Renovations to Martin Hall are scheduled for completion in January, and the new residence hall is scheduled for completion in August, the news release reports.

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