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Topping the T&M

UNLV celebrates the Thomas & Mack Center expansion. Take a look at construction — then and now.

Campus News  |  Mar 22, 2016  |  By UNLV News Center
Construction workers guiding a beam up the side of a building.

UNLV celebrated progress on a $72.5 million renovation and expansion of the Thomas & Mack Center with a topping off ceremony March 22. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)The T&M is getting a a 35,000-square-foot, two-story addition on the west side of the building. The added meeting and events space offers prime views toward the Strip as well as much-needed back-of-house space. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)UNLV President Len Jessup, left, and other dignitaries blast air horns to signal a crane operator to begin lifting the final beam into place atop the Thomas & Mack Center west wing addition. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)Dan Klaich, chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, adds his name to the steel beam before it's moved into place. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)The inside of the Thomas & Mack has gotten a number of upgrades in the last year, including new flooring and seats as well as upgrades to the restrooms, the concession stands, and the sound, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)Original construction of the Thomas & Mack Center began in late 1981 and the facility opened on Nov. 21, 1983, when the Runnin' Rebels played Victoria, Canada. (University Libraries Special Collections)The T&M's circular outline begins to take shape in the distance in this picture taken from the construction site for Frank and Estella Beam Hall in January 1982. (UNLV Libraries Special Collections)Runnin' Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian with players Larry Anderson, Sidney Green, and Danny Tarkanian, June 1, 1982. The T&M became known as the "House that Tark Built." (UNLV Libraries Special Collections)The Thomas & Mack Center construction, July 26, 1982. (UNLV Libraries Special Collections)

The Thomas & Mack Center construction, Sept. 23, 1983. (UNLV Libraries Special Collections)Their names are now part of the Thomas & Mack.