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Entry number: B07048
The new Student Union is a focal point for the campus community and an interactive connection to the public. The building has created an environment where UNLV students can gather informally outside of the classroom, where campus organizations can meet, where events can be staged and where the public can visit. A major design challenge was to respond to the predominantly commuter-based university population by attracting students to the campus and encouraging their involvement in student life at UNLV.
This three-story facility provides spaces for diverse functions and groups, including multi-cultural and non-traditional students. The ground floor supports public activity with dining areas, student activities and services, a 300-seat theater, and retail spaces. Semi-public functions such as a computer lab, computer help center, student lounges, meeting spaces, and a ballroom are located on the second floor. Offices for student organizations share the third floor which is accessible to the public by day, but secured, and accessed only by authorized individuals at night.
When the design process began in early 2004, UNLV intended to remodel and expand the existing 77,000 square foot Moyer Student Union, which was constructed in 1967. The design team discovered that the structure did not meet current building codes and determined that it would be more cost effective to construct a new building than to renovate the original facility. To maintain on-campus dining options and other essential functions, a two phased construction plan was developed for the new Student Union.
The first wing of the new Student Union was built on the site of the planned expansion. Upon completion in July 2006 the original facility was demolished. Construction on the second Phase of the project was completed in July and adds 40,000 square feet on two levels, as well as several exterior spaces intended to extend the Student Union's usable program area.
On the north elevation, a 20-foot-wide terrace stretches the length of the building, providing a gathering place overlooking an existing plaza area. Below this terrace, two monumental exterior stairs lead to a landscaped forecourt with seating. To the south, a large courtyard framed by the building is shaded with tensile fabric canopies. This shading structure extends the dining space outdoors and create a stage for special events. The west half of the courtyard is terraced with concrete benches to provide amphitheater-style seating.
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos
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