Work has started on a new UNL green space that will honor University Hall, the first University of Nebraska building.
The site, located between Woods and Manter halls on City Campus, where Ferguson Hall stood until it was demolished in summer 2010, will include a granite seating area, perennial plants, trees and spots set aside for sculpture. The green space will also feature a University Hall plaque and Nebraska state historical marker that were previously on display outside of Ferguson Hall.
"It's going to be an open, green space as outlined in the UNL Master Plan," said Eileen Bergt, director of Landscape Services. "When complete, we will have a sidewalk that runs east to west across City Campus. The idea is to create a strong connection to both sides of campus."
See more images of the green space, including landscape architect drawings, at http://go.unl.edu/ccq.
The rock seating area in the green space will reinforce the connection, using the same type of granite that is featured in Broyhill Fountain.
"The granite for both campus sites comes from the Cold Spring Granite quarry in Milbank, South Dakota," Bergt said. "The seating area will be similar to that outside the union, only without water."
Bergt said the project is scheduled for completion in early August.
The lead designer on the project is Emily Casper, landscape architect for Landscape Services.
For information on the history of University Hall, go to http://go.unl.edu/sjg.
- Troy Fedderson, University Communications
More details at: http://go.unl.edu/ccq