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Update: Campus Construction, Spring 2016

Major construction projects are bringing new amenities and more breathing room to campus. Here's the rundown.

Campus News  |  Apr 27, 2016  |  By Cate Weeks

University Gateway

Located on the east side of Maryland Parkway, across the street from the university near Greenspun Hall, the University Gateway project includes a parking structure and retail and professional space. It eventually will house the UNLV Police Station. It's also in keeping with Midtown UNLV, a revitalization effort supported by UNLV, urban planners, and private landowners, that had been slowed by the recession. Its goal is to create a lively university district across from campus.

  • Size: 2.2 acres with 610 parking spaces reserved for UNLV permit holders and a 10,000-square-foot facility for UNLV police services with 18 secure parking spaces.
  • Budget: $18 million
  • Funding: Public-private partnership. Developer G2CapCo owns the land and is constructing the garage specifically for UNLV under a lease-purchase option agreement.
  • Status: The parking structure will be completed by the end of 2016 with the office and retail space to follow in 2017.

U District

The dated 1960s-era University Park apartments at Maryland Parkway and Cottage Grove Road are being transformed into a new on-campus housing community. It will include construction of a new complex with 2-bed/2-bathroom and 4-bed/4-bathroom configurations along with a fitness center, group study rooms, and social lounges. One of the most striking features of the new complex will be a 2,000-square-foot resort-style pool with cabanas and barbecues.

  • Size: 14 acres, with the potential for up to 3,000 beds at full build out
  • Budget: $76 million
  • Funding: Public-private partnership. Developer The Midby Cos. is financing and developing the project through a 40-year ground lease (UNLV owns the land) and will manage operations in partnership with the national firm Asset Campus Housing.
  • Status: Renovated units on the western two-thirds of site will be remodeled for fall 2016. The new building under Phase I will open in fall 2017. Future phases over the next 10 years.
  • Plus: The campus community is invited to the U District's groundbreaking ceremony at 10-11:30 a.m. May 3, 4259 S. Maryland Parkway. RSVP online.

T&M Renovation and Expansion

After three decades, the Thomas & Mack Center was starting to show its age and needed major improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This project upgraded everything from the flooring and seats up to the rafters holding the sound system. Renovations were made to the restrooms, concession stands, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as the Si Redd Room and other events spaces.

The T&M’s 150 events bring in 850,000 visitors annually. On Oct. 19, it will grab the attention of millions of viewers for the final debate of the 2016 presidential election season.

  • Size: A 35,000-square-foot, two-story addition on the west side of the building added meeting and events space with views of the Strip as well as much-needed back-of-house space.
  • Budget: $72.5 million for renovations and expansion
  • Funding: Public and donor funded. $54.4 million in state funds from the slot tax source, $3.25M donor funds from the Thomas and Mack families, $13.5M in financed funds, and $1.35M in TMC facility-related funds.
  • Status: The 24-month project (including the West Addition) should wrap up in fall 2016.

Hospitality Hall

Hospitality Hall, the new home for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, is being constructed in the heart of the UNLV campus on North Field. The building will contain interactive classrooms, a student-run cafe, an executive learning kitchen, and a learning center for the PGA golf management program. The new facility also will benefit the Lee Business School, which currently shares Frank and Estella Beam Hall with the Hotel College. 

  • Size: 93,500 square feet
  • Budget: $56 million for building construction
  • Funding: Public and donor funded. The construction cost is split roughly in half between state and private donations, including a number of corporate donors.
  • Status: Opening at the end of fall 2017. The groundbreaking ceremony was held March 30, 2016.

Campus Village

In the biggest land acquisition since the Thomas and Mack families led the charge in the 1960s to expand the campus to 334 acres, UNLV acquired these 42 acres adjacent to campus at Tropicana Avenue and Koval Lane. The campus master plan calls for turning this space into a mixed-use campus village with expanded facilities for graduate and professional studies, housing, and restaurant and retail space.

Will a new football stadium be nestled into this Campus Village? There’s plenty of space. The question is being considered by Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee and by the Campus Improvement Authority board, a group of campus, local government, and business leaders tasked by the Nevada Legislature to study feasibility and options.

  • Size: 42 acres
  • Budget: $50 million for land purchase
  • Funding: Public and donor funded. The construction cost is split roughly in half between state and private donations, including a number of corporate donors.
  • Status: Construction will not begin anytime soon, but securing the land was an opportunity that land-locked UNLV couldn’t let pass. The Board of Regents approved the purchase for long-term financing at its March meeting.

Medical School Interim Facility

Work has begun to convert previously unused space at UNLV’s Shadow Lane Campus — located in the heart of the Las Vegas Medical District — into the interim teaching facility for our new Medical School. The school also is working to lease space at University Medical Center for faculty offices.

In fall 2015, Tate Snyder and Kimsey was named the lead architectural firm for the school. CO Architects was hired in partnership as the specialty architect for the permanent facility. A decision regarding the permanent site of the medical school is expected this summer.

  • Size: 20,000 square feet
  • Costs: Modest renovation costs on interim facility. Permanent facility costs are yet to be determined.
  • Funding: A combination. The state is funding the initial start-up costs for education and faculty. UNLV is covering the cost of the interim space. Fundraising will help build the permanent facility.
  • Status: The interim facility will be done in time to welcome the inaugural class. Faculty offices will come online by the end of 2016.

Harry Reid Research and Technology Park

Located off the southern I-215 Beltway at Durango Drive, the masterplanned park is owned by the UNLV Research Foundation. It supports UNLV’s efforts to contribute to research and economic development in Southern Nevada with the potential for 3.5 million gross square feet of building space.

The site should facilitate many more public-private partnerships. The site will become an “innovation district” to foster connections between the university and business communities and accelerate the translation of university research into products and services.

  • Size: 122 acres with the potential for 3.5 million gross square feet of building space
  • Costs: Will vary depending on tenant needs.
  • Funding: Public-private partnerships. The park is owned by the UNLV Research Foundation. Construction of future development will come from pubic-private partnerships. Earnings from leases will be used to further UNLV programs.
  • Status: Development is ongoing. A 110,000-square-foot pharmaceutical facility for BRIOVA opened in 2015 and is expected to bring 353 new jobs to Las Vegas. Charter school American Preparatory Academy also recently opened.

Anthony and Lyndy Marnell III Baseball Clubhouse

It's not overstatement to say the Marnell Baseball Clubhouse is a state-of-the-art facility that rivals any on a college campus. Located at the first base line of Earl E. Wilson Stadium, it includes the locker room and coaches' offices, a players' lounge, study area, and two indoor batting cages. A shady second story patio may be the most coveted spot in the stadium. It overlooks Roger E. Barnson field with views of the Las Vegas Strip in the background. 

  • Size: 10,000-square-foot facility
  • Cost: $2.75 million for building construction
  • Funding: Public-private partnership with 100 percent donor funding. UNLV leased the land for the clubhouse on a short term basis to the Marnell Foundation, which then built the facility with donor funds before delivering it back to UNLV.
  • Status: Completed