A Dozen Updates at the University of Nevada

Posted by Brooke Sullivan on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 4:38pm

The University of Nevada, founded in 1874, is updating about a dozen of its buildings.

Located in Reno, NV, UNR offers dozens of undergraduate degrees and master’s programs, including business, education, medicine and engineering. The university also specializes in earthquake research and is home to hone of the largest earthquake-simulation laboratories in the country. Just this week, the new E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center opened – a $47.5 million project that includes a gym with three basketball courts, an indoor running track and state-of-the-art equipment. The Wiegand Fitness Center is the first of many new updates that the University has planned, or completed. Learn more below!

E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center, opened February 2017

For students, faculty, staff and alumni, this 108,000 sqft. center offers three courts for basketball, areas for weightlifting, cardio training and fitness classes. Also featured are an indoor running track and stadium stairs for training. This project cost $47.5 million and was funded by a gifts to the University as well as UNR Reno Foundation student fees and bonds.

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New College of Engineering, projected completion Summer 2020

A proposed 86,242 sqft. College of Engineering will be the home of Chemical and Material Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The facility will feature approximately 50 faculty offices, 150 grad work stations, 45 labs and a large computer lab.

Image courtesy of UNR

Mackay Stadium, project completed

The Mackay Stadium project included construction of a new 9,000 sqft. stadium club. The renovation included the addition of 3,880 chair back stadium seats to replace bleachers and 38 suites on the stadium’s west side. East side suites include outdoor patio spaces.

Lincoln Hall, project completed

Built in 1896, this is one of the oldest buildings on campus and in Reno. Renovations included structural upgrades to meet safety and seismic standards. Once a residence hall, it has been turned in to space for 70 offices and workstations.

Fine Arts, project completion July 2018

A new 35,000 sqft. School of the Arts building will grow space for arts education, performances and exhibits at UNR. The new 3-story building will attach to the Church Fine Arts through a sky-walk over campus. The new building will include a 300-seat recital hall and museum. Construction will begin this year in April.

Great Basin Hall, to open August 2018

A new 130,000 sqft. dorm with 430 beds will be built at the former site of White Pine Hall.

Thompson Hall, project complete early 2017

Renovation to this 18,000 sqft. building includes office space changes, restroom and American with Disabilities Act compliance improvements, upgraded fire alarm system, new flooring, ceilings and paint.

Palmer Engineering and Scrugham Engineering and Mines Building, project completion 2017

This project updates labs and offices. Built in 1940, Palmer Engineering housed most of the engineering classrooms until Scrugham Engineering opening in 1963. Renovations include removing a subsonic wind tunnel to create additional space and upgrades.

Penning Student Achievement Center, opened February 2015

The Pennington Achievement Center is in the center of campus in the former site of the Getchell Library. The project houses student services including tutoring and counseling services. Some of the unique features of this building includes a meditation room and social stairs, built for students to sit on and be social.

Peavine Hall, opened August 2015

This 117,000 sqft. residence hall opened for UNR students in August 2015. It is home to 600, most who are freshmen. The dorm has a wellness theme.

Innevation Center, opened September 2015

UNR officially ventured into downtown Reno last year with the opening of the Innevation Center on Sinclair Street. Officially named the InNEVation Center, “powered by SWITCH”, the public/private partnership is just over a mile from UNR’s campus and a few blocks from City Hall. Switch, a high tech digital data company, funded a $500,000 interior build out of the center. UNR acquired the 25,000 sqft. office building from the City of Reno through a lease-to-purchase agreement in 2014.


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