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Ronnie Green welcomes guest Zach Wiegert, former Husker lineman and CEO of Tetrad Property Group, as they talk about the newest development at Nebraska Innovation Campus. The newest building is under construction, is scheduled to open in late summer 2018 and is already filling up with commitments from tenants.
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[00:00:02.667]Welcome back, Countdown to Kickoff
[00:00:03.692]here in the Huskers Sports Network, as Nebraska
[00:00:05.605]gets ready to finish off non-conference
[00:00:08.112]portion of their schedule with northern
[00:00:09.028]Illinois, and delighted to be joined us
[00:00:10.611]we are each and every week by UNL chancellor
[00:00:12.670]Ronnie Green, great to have you here with us.
[00:00:14.539]Good to be back in good old Lincoln, Nebraska.
[00:00:16.515]Good trip last week, but good to be back here.
[00:00:18.292]It's good to be back.
[00:00:19.373]Had a great trip out to Oregon last week.
[00:00:21.746]Didn't end up quite exactly the way
[00:00:23.289]we wanted it to, but a great second half of play
[00:00:26.181]and good to be back this week.
[00:00:28.854]And you brought with us a special
[00:00:30.656]guest, a former Husker offensive lineman,
[00:00:32.430]the 1994 Outland Trophy winner and
[00:00:34.760]founder and CEO of Tetrad Property, Zach Wiegert.
[00:00:37.621]We're gonna talk to Zach here in a minute,
[00:00:38.868]he's got a new development, part of a
[00:00:40.654]Nebraska Innovation Campus.
[00:00:42.638]And Ronnie, I know you're thrilled what
[00:00:44.437]Innovation Campus has been able to do
[00:00:46.419]to this point in time, but tell us
[00:00:47.969]about this new building that's about ready
[00:00:49.159]to be put up.
[00:00:49.992]Well, really pleased to have Zach here
[00:00:51.530]with us today, he's a legend in Husker football
[00:00:54.535]in the 1990s, and now he's given back to Nebraska
[00:00:58.132]in a lot of other ways, in the business world.
[00:01:00.617]And we're privileged to have the opportunity
[00:01:02.886]to work with Tetrad and his company, and
[00:01:05.612]developing Innovation Campus.
[00:01:08.058]You know, we're a few years into this
[00:01:10.020]development now, we're on a 25 year
[00:01:15.267]Really, about five years in, if you count
[00:01:17.513]all of the time we really got started
[00:01:19.892]on the campus.
[00:01:21.780]Phase One completed and occupied two years ago.
[00:01:25.074]We're now roughly 100% full in that facility
[00:01:30.220]and have had great growth here recently
[00:01:32.529]with additional partners opening the
[00:01:34.732]Biotech Connector for space in the sciences
[00:01:39.166]arena for start-ups in the bio industries.
[00:01:42.793]The Mill just recently opened,
[00:01:44.868]very excited about that and seeing a lot
[00:01:47.699]of traffic there, including a lot of
[00:01:49.497]our athletics folks who kinda hang out there now.
[00:01:53.735]But, great momentum on the campus, about
[00:01:55.671]30 partners that we already have in place,
[00:01:58.410]and now we're planning and underway
[00:02:00.893]with the construction of the first part
[00:02:02.544]of phase two, and I'm pleased to have
[00:02:04.334]Zach here to tell us about that today.
[00:02:06.100]Zach, great to see you.
[00:02:06.933]Zach is representing the Tetrad Property group,
[00:02:08.766]the project developer and owner.
[00:02:10.943]What can you tell us about this new building?
[00:02:13.391]It's exciting new project we're doing
[00:02:14.829]out there, there's about 400,000 square feet
[00:02:16.877]out there currently, and this will be an
[00:02:18.389]additional 80,000 square feet.
[00:02:21.260]It's a multi-tenanted building.
[00:02:22.824]It will probably open up sometime
[00:02:24.315]in late summer of '18.
[00:02:27.194]It's under construction now.
[00:02:28.226]You can see it's gonna go up pretty quickly.
[00:02:32.748]It's mostly gonna be office space.
[00:02:34.674]It was designed by Clark Anderson,
[00:02:36.560]Olsson Associates and Hausmann Construction
[00:02:38.147]are building it.
[00:02:39.731]It's to be multi-tenanted, it'll have some
[00:02:41.240]incubator space in there for start-up companies
[00:02:43.282]and things like that, that we want to
[00:02:44.608]spur innovation out at the campus.
[00:02:47.263]We couldn't be more happy.
[00:02:48.549]The buildings that we've built to date
[00:02:49.635]are 100% leased up, as the chancellor said,
[00:02:51.947]and it's time that we get some more space
[00:02:53.822]out there and get some more partners
[00:02:54.993]to come out to Innovation Campus.
[00:02:56.540]There are some existing structures
[00:02:58.331]out there, how do you think this is gonna
[00:02:59.634]fit with what's already out there?
[00:03:01.001]Well, as far as from a design standpoint,
[00:03:02.717]we designed the LEED Silver Standard
[00:03:04.195]so they're all gonna be new, exciting
[00:03:07.074]buildings, designed specifically for research
[00:03:10.290]and collaboration between partners.
[00:03:12.250]So, new startup companies in different
[00:03:15.965]areas of focus can meet and collaborate
[00:03:18.194]on new projects, is what we're trying
[00:03:19.748]to promote out there.
[00:03:20.705]And, as the chancellor said, the Mill
[00:03:22.256]is out there now, which has kinda been
[00:03:23.817]a special thing for Lincoln for a long time,
[00:03:26.090]and so if you haven't had a chance to see it,
[00:03:27.295]it's a great new space they put out there.
[00:03:29.210]We talked about energy efficient use.
[00:03:30.837]I remember that Innovation Campus has some
[00:03:32.278]pretty advanced energy saving aspects to it,
[00:03:34.608]is that right?
[00:03:35.441]Yeah, it's very unique.
[00:03:37.020]You know, I've always been one, when you look
[00:03:38.635]at green, in efficient projects,
[00:03:40.550]they have to make financial sense.
[00:03:42.590]And we did the Central Renewable Energy System
[00:03:44.492]out there, which just took the reclaimed water
[00:03:47.167]from the city of Lincoln that was
[00:03:48.258]already being put into the creek, and we just
[00:03:50.672]diverted that through some heat exchangers,
[00:03:52.246]and that heats and cools all the buildings
[00:03:53.583]at Innovation Campus.
[00:03:55.162]And it is really a zero cost thing, other than
[00:03:57.771]putting in the piping, we're not having to
[00:04:00.027]run natural gas or anything like that to do it.
[00:04:02.941]So, it's the most efficient renewable
[00:04:05.891]plan I've ever seen run.
[00:04:07.852]Great, well congratulations
[00:04:08.859]on all this, great to see you.
[00:04:10.340]You have to have a little bit of pride
[00:04:11.784]with another guy from Fremont along the
[00:04:13.285]offensive line right now, Cole Conrad.
[00:04:15.077]That's gotta make you feel good, doesn't it?
[00:04:16.339]Yeah, you know, we'll get some Fremont guys in there.
[00:04:18.739]I think, at that time, my brother and I
[00:04:20.323]came through here and I think we were
[00:04:21.219]the only guys ever to play a line down here.
[00:04:22.885]And so, it's good to see some Fremont kids
[00:04:25.648]get in there and get some action.
[00:04:26.696]There's [Unintelligible] kids playing, too.
[00:04:28.576]That's where we live now.
[00:04:31.017]I'm always a big promoter on the in-state kids.
[00:04:32.897]They just try hard.
[00:04:34.984]That means an awful lot to them,
[00:04:36.217]when they put that uniform on.
[00:04:37.097]I was gonna kid you about bumping heads
[00:04:38.807]with Chad Kelsay in practice, but then
[00:04:40.383]you reminded me that you graduated
[00:04:41.679]the year before he got here.
[00:04:42.600]He's going in the Hall of Fame here today.
[00:04:44.026]Yeah, Chad's a good friend of mine.
[00:04:46.390]We'd hang out quite a bit, but it was
[00:04:47.761]after our playing days here.
[00:04:48.955]He came in as a freshman a year after I left.
[00:04:52.667]So we left him in a pretty good spot to come into.
[00:04:56.099]Congratulations to him, that's a great honor for him.
[00:04:58.523]Another Nebraska kid.
[00:04:59.661]Yeah, another Nebraska kid.
[00:05:01.366]There's a pattern here, they might
[00:05:02.201]wanna pay attention to it.
[00:05:03.137]Yeah, there's some Nebraska kids
[00:05:04.106]have done pretty well coming through here
[00:05:05.292]for as small a state we are.
[00:05:06.390]Speaking of doing pretty well,
[00:05:07.277]you've done really well as well,
[00:05:08.288]we're really proud of you.
[00:05:09.172]Well, trying to get back to the
[00:05:10.247]state that's been good to me.
[00:05:12.284]Great to see your alum come back to
[00:05:13.926]and do these type of things around Lincoln, isn't it?
[00:05:15.472]Oh, absolutely, and as we continue
[00:05:16.922]to build out Innovation Campus and move fully
[00:05:21.361]into Phase Two and develop more partners and
[00:05:23.392]bring more of that public private partnership to
[00:05:25.942]the university and to the state, it's just a huge
[00:05:28.942]development for us here at the university,
[00:05:31.495]and we're looking forward to that future
[00:05:33.516]in this next building.
[00:05:35.346]Talk again next week.
[00:05:36.607]Yup, we'll see ya next week.
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