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University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Engineering, Academic and Research Building

This new three-story, 50,000-square-foot facility for the College of Engineering is designed for a large maker-space, student and faculty offices, wet and dry laboratories, active learning classroom with flexible auditorium, divisible classrooms, and lobby.

The west bay and bridge connector of the second floor is programmed as faculty, post-doc and graduate student office space. The center bay of the second floor is zoned as enclosed laboratory support space with the eastern bay maintained as open flexible lab with movable lab benches and desk space. The third floor is laid out similarly, however, the lab space is designed as wet lab. Fume hoods and sinks are in the center bay and along the west wall of the open lab to promote flexible lab bench arrangements in the open lab and not tied down with fixed utility connections.

The interior material palette achieves the aesthetic goals of creating a dynamic and enriching student environment while also projecting professional research excellence. Whenever possible the building’s engineered systems are cleanly detailed and exposed to view to allow the building to be a teaching tool, examples of this include the exposed steel cross-bracing and exposed ceilings. The material selection balances the aesthetic goals with the durability, maintainability, acoustical and functional requirements of the spaces.

The new building will be connected at the second floor to the Thomas Beam building’s third level, promoting shared usage of the existing Thomas Beam amenities.

The project is being designed to LEED Silver and is being designed in association with SmithGroup.

Features include:

  1. Wet and dry laboratories
  2. Second floor bridge connector
  3. Flexible auditorium, laboratory and academic classroom spaces
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