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New fountain operational
■ It will be opened once
the union’s Memorial
Plaza is completed.
By Jessica Fargen
The construction site surround
ing Nebraska Union’s Memorial
Plaza got a splash of life this week.
Frothy water shot out of a fountain
in front of the union for the first
time in two years.
But the new Broyhill Fountain
will not open until April 1999. Its
opening is contingent on comple
tion of the plaza, who will open in
mid-November, said Nebraska
Unions Director Daryl Swanson.
The fountain was scheduled to
open Nov. 1, but representatives
from the Georgia Fountain Co.,
which designed the fountain, rec
ommended it be left off because
construction dirt may clog it, said
Mike Leupold, assistant director
for operations for the Nebraska
Leupold said the testing went
smoothly, and the fountain is oper
ational. Besides testing, Georgia
Fountain Co. also trained union
staff members to operate and test
the fountain, Leupold said.
By Thanksgiving break, the
$950,000 renovations to Memorial
Plaza should be completed. The
plaza and north entrance should be
open, Swanson said.
When that time comes, students
walking through the new plaza may
not even recognize it.
The new fountain, which
resembles a wading pool, is about
18 inches deep in the center and has
several steps leading into it. People
will be able to sit around the foun
tain or on the boulders in it and
dangle their feet in the water.
About six huge boulders sit in
the center of the fountain, sur
rounded by small water spouts and
a main spout that will shoot water
12 feet high and 4 feet wide.
Swanson said people com
plained that the exposed plumbing
in the old fountain was dangerous
and unattractive. The new fountain
will be safer, because the plumbing
and utilities are beneath the bot
Leupold said the fountain will
release hot water through misters,
which will turn it into fog after hit
ting the cold air. It may not be
working this winter.
“I think (the fountain) is going
to be better, but that remains to be
seen,” Swanson said. “It’s in the
eye of the beholder.”
The fountain will remain the
central feature of Memorial Plaza,
which also will have a new look
with its built-in performance stage.
I think (the fountain)
is going to be better,
but that remains to
be seen. It’s in the
eye of the beholder.”
Nebraska Unions director
The plaza also will have twice
as many seats where students can
study, people-watch or sunbathe.
Those seats will include the low
concrete wall stretching between
the plaza and greenspace. Benches
will be built into 20 planters with
trees and landscaping.
Swanson said most of the inside
of the union will be completed
before Thanksgiving break, but the
basement recreation room, televi
sion lounge and the upstairs meet
ing rooms probably won’t be com
pleted until next semester.
The union, which was original
ly scheduled for completion in
August this year, will be dedicated
in February, with construction
completely finished by spring
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