Breanna Denney /Nevada Sagebrush Construction progresses in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union on Monday, Jan. 26. With a multitude of new additions to the University of Nevada, Reno, the campus is growing to accommodate future students.

Breanna Denney /Nevada Sagebrush
Construction progresses in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union on Monday, Jan. 26. With a multitude of new additions to the University of Nevada, Reno, the campus is growing to accommodate future students.

Staff Report

With the rapid increase in student population at the University of Nevada, Reno, comes the need for expansion. Construction projects are scheduled throughout the coming years to accommodate the university’s growth.

Joe Construction

Construction crews are equipping the area with utilities for the E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center. In the process, 203 parking meters will be lost. But not to worry, 91 will be incorporated as a part of the fitness center.

E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

The University of Nevada, Reno is bringing a new fitness center to campus. Bordering North Virginia Street, the structure will replace the parking meters.  The center will offer areas for a variety of fitness activities including weightlifting and training. Wiegand is likely to be open to students, faculty and staff near the end of 2016.

Peavine Hall

Construction continues on the new residence hall on Sierra Street which is set to open for the fall 2015 semester. The building will house 400 students and will immediately address demand for on-campus housing, which currently sits at 115 percent.

White Pine Hall

Currently housing 150 students, White Pine Hall is set to close following the spring 2015 semester to make way for a new, larger hall. As of December, this new hall is set to open for the 2017 fall semester and would house roughly 300-350 students.

On the horizon

A new fine arts building is also in the making at the university, along with anticipated designs this February for a new engineering building. Nevada Today noted that with the correct funding plans, these projects will be underway. These designs will also include renovations to the Scrugham Engineering and Mines and Palmer Engineering Buildings.

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