Discovery Hall

Located on UNK’s west campus, Discovery Hall is a 90,000-square-foot academic building that houses the construction management, industrial distribution, interior and product design, aviation, cyber systems, mathematics and statistics, physics, astronomy and engineering programs. 

The state-of-the-art STEM facility features cutting-edge technology, modern classrooms and interactive lab spaces that provide hands-on learning opportunities in real-world, on-the-job settings. The training students receive in Discovery Hall prepares them for the high-skill, high-wage jobs that are in high demand across the state and country.

An open floor plan promotes collaboration and innovation across different academic departments, creating an environment that allows students and faculty to share ideas and research that advance UNK’s mission and benefit the entire state. The layout also allows visitors to observe lab and classroom activities and provides plenty of inviting areas for students to relax or study between classes.

Discovery Hall opened in August 2020 as part of a $30 million project replacing the Otto C. Olsen industrial arts building.

Computer science students looking at code

Cyber Systems

Factory Equipment

Industrial Technology

Math equations on marker board

Mathematics and Statistics


Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering

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The Modern classroom and lab spaces inside the building are designed specifically for the hands-on, specialized training needed to fill the high-skill, high-wage STEM positions in demand across the state and country.

Testimonials and Updates

Brett Douglas

“UNK industrial distribution is a very well-respected program and a lot of the students who have come out of that program and become professionals in this field are really carrying their weight. There aren’t a whole lot of other schools that are able to do what UNK is able to do with that program.”

Brett Douglas

Kearney Winnelson

Reviving History: UNK students partner with city of Franklin on affordable housing project

Reviving History: UNK students partner with city of Franklin on affordable housing project

“It’ll be transformational for the community."