January 19, 2004



On Jan. 14, Union College celebrated opening day of the Ortner Center, a multi-purpose facility that includes new meeting space and dining options available to the Lincoln community. Located at 3800 South 48th Street at the center of the Union College campus, the $5.8 million Ortner Center project was a rebuild and expansion of an existing men’s residence hall and food service facility.


The Ortner Center includes the following services for the campus and community:


Project Details

Started in June 2002, the Ortner Center construction project included a new 13,137-square foot entrance and terrace area, 21,363-square-foot food service area and 8,160-square-foot conference center for a total of 42,660 square feet.


A $1.3 million gift from the Alvin Ortner Trust helped create the vision for the project. Other leadership donors include: Union Bank, Lincoln, Neb.; Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Overland Park, Kan.; Adventist Health Rocky Mountain Region, Colo.; Mid-America Seventh-day Adventist Headquarters, Lincoln, Neb.; Jerome and Ramona Lang, Lincoln, Neb.; and Jessica Saxton and Saxton Inc., St. Joseph, Mo.


Architect: Davis Design; Contractor: Brester Construction

Open House Events

Although the Ortner Center is already open to the public, a special invitation is extended to the community for tours of the facility during open house events scheduled for April 7 and 8, 4-6 p.m.


To learn more about reserving meeting space, guest rooms or catering call 402.486.2545.