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By Maddison Cervantes
The University of Nevada, Reno is well into construction on a handful of projects.
A brand new resident hall has begun taking action on April 7, 2014, and according to Project Manager Scott Brown, it will be located west of the Continuing Education Building on Tenth Street. The UNR website states that the building will consist of suite-style living and house about 400 students. Provided within the hall will be the lounge areas, similar to the other buildings, and will be an overall environment where living and learning coincide.
Lincoln has held its iconic “H” shape since it was first built. According to the re-development plans displayed in front of the building, a new shape is in order. A Nevada Today article stated that older buildings on campus, such as Lincoln Hall do not meet seismic performance standards. Also stated online, due to the history of the building, there will be a portion of the landmark kept including the hall’s ancient characteristics such as the entrance, porch, dormers and cupola. The plan is to shut down the building on June 30, 2015, continue with the demolishment of White Pine Hall, then onto the construction of Lincoln. UNR alum Derek Nance has created a petition against the transformation. “I’m hoping that if we can show the University and the Board of Regents that the building is special to students, alumni and the community, the funds to seismically retrofit the building will become available,” Nance said.
The Center for Student Cultural Diversity
An expansion is in progress for The Center for Student Cultural Diversity. “As of right now, the Center is not conducive for students having quiet study space, and the new expansion will become a study center for students,” said Program Coordinator Saundra Mitrovich. The space will contain offices, studying areas and computers. “We’re excited about it because when the students give us their surveys each year, they often mention having quiet study space and having access to the staff for assistance and now it will be available to them,” Mitrovich said. The Center will be completed by fall 2014.
On-campus apartments have become another portion of the university’s construction. Ponderosa Village will be a brand new housing option for strictly graduate students, medical students and faculty. Ponderosa will consist of 132 units, spread through three stories. A large majority of the units will be one bedroom and one bath; the rest will be two bedrooms and two baths. The project will be fully prepared for tenants to move in on August 1, 2014.
E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center
The E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center will consist of four stories dedicated to fitness and recreation. There will be multiple areas for weightlifting and training, along with fitness activities and classes. A 200 meter indoor running track is also planned, as well as three gymnasiums for basketball and other indoor sports that require the use of a court. As stated on the UNR website, the center will be open in late 2016, and welcomes both students and staff of the university. It will be located in the parking lot just north of the Brian Whalen Parking Complex.
William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center
The beginning of construction for the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center is set to date for July 7, 2014. According to the UNR website, within this new facility there will be all-student access to the Writing Center, Math Center, Tutoring Center, the DRC and more. Computer access and multiple gathering spaces will be included as well. There will also be and array of food services available in the building.
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