Multicultural Building

Nov 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Campus News, Issue, November 19, 2009

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center construction rolls into final month

– Photos by Troy Fedderson/University Communications.

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Miguel Contreras, an employee of the Omaha-based Demarco Brothers Co., works on the floor of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center on Nov. 13. According to site supervisors, the new campus building is about one month away from completion. A grand opening is being planned for the spring.

Students pass by the north entrance to the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. The $8.7 million, three-floor building features 30,000 square feet of space, including student offices, tutoring rooms and areas for faculty, staff and students dedicated to diversity and multicultural programming, such as the staff of the Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services.

Brandon Gemmell installs final pieces of drywall below the third floor railing in the main lobby of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Half the cost of the building is being provided by students, who voted in March 2006 to move forward with the project. The vote increased student fees by $12 per semester per student in 2009 to assist with the funding.

The view west across City Campus from the third floor of the Gaughan Multicultural Center. The capstone donation for the building was provided through the University of Nebraska Foundation by the Gaughan family of Las Vegas. The building is named after the family’s patriarch, Jackie D. Gaughan, an Omaha native known in the hotel and entertainment industry for being one of the first employers in Las Vegas to encourage diverse hiring practices.

Ryan Peterson, an employee of the Lincoln-based Platte Valley Company, insulates pipes in the basement of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. The building has been designed with sustainability in mind and campus officials are pursuing a LEED certification. The multicultural building is expected to draw a silver rating.

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