LAS VEGAS – February 10, 2014 – The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) today announced a $2.5 million gift from the KONAMI CORPORATION to support construction of Hospitality Hall, a new academic building for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.
“Our strong commitment to the education of future industry leaders compels our continual support of UNLV,” said Thomas Jingoli, senior vice president/chief compliance officer for Konami Gaming, Inc. Jingoli is a Harrah Hotel College alumnus. “We are proud to make this gift for the Harrah Hotel College's new academic building and believe that it will help build a solid foundation for excellence in hospitality and gaming education. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the university and President Snyder.”
The gift officially launches the campaign for construction funding for Hospitality Hall at the center of UNLV’s campus. Preliminary plans for the facility include roughly 95,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and meeting space that will be designed to encourage interaction and a sense of community between students, faculty, and industry professionals. Hospitality Hall will be located on the North Field behind Frank and Estella Beam Hall, which the Hotel College currently shares with the Lee Business School.
“The Harrah Hotel College has been at the heart of hospitality education for decades, shaping the future of the industry in Las Vegas and around the world,” said UNLV President Donald Snyder, who served as dean of the Hotel College from 2010 to 2013. “The college must remain at the forefront of the industry, and this new building provides UNLV the opportunity to define excellence in hospitality education for future generations.”
The total project cost is estimated at $50 million, with a proposed $30 million in public funding and $20 million in private support. Existing kitchen and laboratory spaces in Beam Hall will be renovated as part of the project.