Nebraska Innovation Campus is taking shape on the former state fairgrounds.
Two buildings are occupied. Others are under construction.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman has high hopes for Innovation Campus.
“I think it does place us clearly in a lead toward the commercialization of innovation and I think it’s becoming an attraction for both students and faculty,” Perlman tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Construction crews have been erecting new buildings on the campus next to the Devaney Center, but the campus also retains some of the flavor of old State Fair buildings.
Perlman suggests the campus is coming full circle, with the innovation it proposes advancing agriculture around the globe.
Perlman calls it a 25-year project that shows steady progress, which will depend in large part on how successful the campus is on attracting private partners.
“The university is moving its food science department out here, but that’s pretty much the extent to which we will occupy the campus,” Perlman says. “Our objective is to have at least 75% of the buildings occupied by private-sector companies.”
Innovation Campus hopes to become a hub for global initiatives on food, water, and fuel.
Eventually, the campus will sprawl over 2.2 millions square feet, with 500,000 square feet completed within five years.
Buildings will be designed to foster interaction and stimulate ideas for the up to 5,000 people who could one day work and study on Innovation Campus.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]