ep | yaf Hard Hat Tour: UNLV Hotel College Academic Building
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ep | yaf Hard Hat Tour: UNLV Hotel College Academic Building

When: 10/06/17
2:30 - 4:30pm
Where: UNLV Hotel College Academic Building
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
(adjacent to the Campus Mall across from the Lied Library)
Las Vegas, NV  89154
Contact: Travis Allen, Assoc. AIA

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HARD HAT TOUR: UNLV Hotel College Academic Building

Client: UNLV and Nevada State Public Works Division

Architect: Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects | CMAR: McCarthy Construction

Building Area: 93,500 SF | 2016 AIA Nevada Un-Built Citation Award




Join us for an updated tour of one of the most exciting new projects at UNLV. The EPYAF were able to tour the project this past March, while construction was in full swing during the “framing” phase. Now get a chance to see the building just weeks away from substantial completion and within the “punch walk” phase. The Hotel College Academic Building is located in a prime location at the center of Campus, adjacent to the main Campus mall, across from the Lied Library, and in close proximity to parking. The building is planned along the east-west access, maximizing daylighting exposure for the majority of classrooms and faculty offices.


The boutique hospitality feel is experienced upon arrival.  A raised outdoor plaza engages the main mall creating a vibrant welcoming space for students; the Founder’s wall as a sculptural stainless steel backdrop grounds the building while protecting it from the harsh western exposure. The building’s native landscape engages the mall and is carried through adjacent buildings enhancing the overall Campus connectivity. Responding to the parallel to a boutique hotel, certain program components were identified and located at different levels to push users through all levels. The building lobby, cafe, and careers and advising suite emulate a hotel lobby reception check-in space with varied lounge furnishings and a communal high top; a sculptural grand staircase beyond brings users to a second level where the pre-function and auditorium space overlooks the lobby similarly to how a hotel brings users to a convention space at a second level. The Dean’s suite and fundraising/events terraces with expansive views of the Las Vegas Strip resonate with a hotel penthouse. Outdoor decks occur at each level and continuous views to the exterior are maintained through each of the levels’ main hall.  To create synergy between faculty and students, classrooms and offices occur at each level, intertwining collaboration spaces along circulation areas create nooks within voids, allowing for serendipitous interactions, and enhancing the learning experience while embracing the hospitality feel.


PLEASE NOTE: This is an active construction site. Long Pants and closed-toed shoes are required.

Please plan to bring your own PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), including hard hat, safety glasses, gloves & vest. The contractor will have some available, but not enough for all attendees.


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Attendance is limited to the first 20 who RSVP  

Information about parking will be sent via e-mail to registered attendees, plus a visitor release agreement.



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