Infrastructure Breakdown

By Bianca Cseke | November 12th, 2017

UNLV officials have a myriad of infrastructure improvements they want to work on as part of the university’s Top Tier initiative. With financing a constant concern, some projects are further along than others. Here’s where the biggest projects stand as of this semester.

 

Hospitality Hall

 

If the new structure that popped up in the middle of the main campus wasn’t already an indication, a dedication planned for January 2018 should make it abundantly clear: Hospitality Hall is here.

 

Planning for the building began in 2004, though the project didn’t break ground until March 2016 due to lack of funding.

 

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval pledged $24.4 million from the state in June 2015, and donors MGM Resorts International, the Caesars Foundation, Konami Gaming, Las Vegas Sands, Boyd Gaming, Station Casinos and the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation each gave $2.5 million.

 

Hospitality Hall is supposed to provide more modern amenities and experiential learning spaces, according to UNLV’s website. It will have 93,500 square feet of space, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a student-run cafe, convertible and interactive classrooms, function space overlooking the Las Vegas Strip, a PGA Golf Management learning center and common spaces.

 

The building should be open for activity by January 2018, UNLV President Len Jessup said.

 

Fertitta Football Complex

 

The NSHE Board of Regents approved UNLV to seek about $2 million more needed before construction can begin on this building, which will cost $28.5 million total.

 

Regents authorized the university to borrow up to $15.9 million loans, which would need to be paid back with donations UNLV still needs to acquire. Regents Trevor Hayes and Allison Stephens expressed concern about UNLV’s ability to acquire the funding.

 

The 73,000-square-foot complex would have a weight room for athletes, spaces for team meetings and a cafeteria.

 

UNLV football head coach Tony Sanchez said the current Lied Athletic Complex is one of the smallest buildings for athletic training but houses the most teams compared to other universities.

 

New Engineering Building

Concept art of the new engineering building near the current Thomas Beam Engineering Complex. Screenshot from UNLV.

 

Engineering is the fastest growing major at UNLV. The program doubled in enrollment over the past 15 years to about 2,500 students, Jessup said during September’s State of the University address.

 

The program is currently housed in the Thomas T. Beam Engineering Complex and part of the Science and Engineering Building.

 

UNLV received money for planning a new building for the program during the 2017 session of the Nevada Legislature, and will seek funding for actually construction during the next session in 2019.

 

Concept art for a new business college building on Maryland Parkway and Harmon Avenue. Screenshot from UNLV.

New Business School Building

 

Though it is in the early planning stages, UNLV’s campus master plan includes an item on constructing a new building for the business school along Maryland Parkway.

 

The building would be located between Flora Dungan Humanities and the Tam Alumni Center.

 

“We’re looking at the former site of Maude Frazier Hall, right on Maryland Parkway, as a kind of community-engaged building, with the business school being one of those programs where a lot of what they do is community partnerships,” Dave Frommer, executive director of planning and construction, told the UNLV News Center in March.

 

Track Improvements

 

Jessup said the university is “committed to resurfacing” the track on the west side of campus near Swenson Street.

 

Officials are also looking at doing more to improve the track, such as adding more lights and grandstands. They don’t know how much those extras would cost yet, however, so there’s no timeline on when they would be ready.

 

Nursing and Physical Therapy Education Building

Concept art from 2013 of the new nursing building. Screenshot from UNLV.

 

The School of Nursing wants a 72,000-square-foot building adjacent to the Shadow Lane campus’ Building B, the UNLV News Center reported. This was proposed in 2013 and is still in the early planning stages.

 

The School of Allied Health Sciences proposed something even bigger: a 200,000-square-foot building with dry and wet lab space next to the School of Medicine, according to the news center.

 

Other Projects Needed

 

The projects mentioned above are only the tip of the iceberg, however.

 

Other ideas include a health sciences library with access to current research and data at Shadow Lane, a special collections and archives gallery to showcase interactive exhibits on Las Vegas history, a modernized Ham Concert Hall, a building for the math department, an expanded Student Union and an expansion of the fine arts buildings.

 

This doesn’t even include the Midtown UNLV project, light rail, the expansion of student housing or potential construction of a campus village on land along Tropicana Avenue that the university acquired in 2015.


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