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Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

Union Park Development (Downtown)
Las Vegas, NV
Alternate Name(s):
  • Lou Ruvo Brain Institute
Purpose(s): Original
Constructed: 2006
Opened: 2008
Cost: $70 million
Size (sq. ft.): 67000
Other Size Measure: 1.9 acres
5,000 Sq.Ft. Museum area
3,000 Sq.Ft. Wolfgang Puck Cafe
Owners: Keep Memory Alive Foundation
Funders: Larry Ruvo
Contractors: Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Description: Five-Story
Will house 13 research, diagnostic and outpatient exam rooms, a 500-seat activity hall and a Wolfgang Puck Kitchen and cafe.
Museum of the Mind -- a two-story 5,000-sq-ft space with Smithsonian-style exhibits for school-children and visitors.

Also includes a resource library, conference room, and multipurpose area.
Extra Note: 2006 Las Vegas Art Museum Postcard of The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, Las Vegas.

Buhler, Brendan. "Beyond the box." Las Vegas Sun. March 14, 2008. [Online]. Available: Accessed October 13, 2008.

Edwards, Scott. "Getting Gehry." Architecture Las Vegas 2006, 62-65.

Gehry Partners,LLP. Lou Ruvo Alzheimer’s Institute Image.

Gorman, Tom “Design to be unveiled. ” Las Vegas Sun 11 February 2006.

Gorman, Tom “Frank Gehry’s approach to architecture ‘different’.” Las Vegas Sun 11 February 2006.

Gorman, Tom “Frank Gehry’s work is taking Las Vegas to a new page.” Las Vegas Sun 12 February 2006.

Kalil, J.M. “Award Winner to Design Local Project.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2 March 2005. [Online]. Available: Accessed March 2, 2004.

Koch, Ed. “Lou Ruvo center aims to emphasize celebration of life.” Las Vegas Sun. 11 February 2006. [Online].
April 17 2007.

Kulin, Dan. "The 61 acres: What now?." Las Vegas Sun. 17 October 2005. [Online]. Available:"what%20now?" Accessed November 1, 2006.

Photo: Brainchild Taking Shape (2007) Las Vegas Review-Journal 10 July 2007. [Online]. Accessed July 10 2007.

Roberts, Alana. "Downtown Las Vegas's Urban Renewal: Revitalization of downtown and its arts and entertainment district bolsters its potential." Urban Land. September 2007: 108-113.

Schwartz, David McGrath. “Alzheimer’s center design expected to attract attention: architect’s work includes Disney concert hall.” Review Journal 12 February 2006. [Online].
Accessed April 17 2007.

Schwartz, David McGrath. “Architect unveils ‘comforting’ Alzheimer’s Institute design: metal lattice described as metaphor for disease.” Review Journal 12 February 2006. [Online].
Accessed April 17 2007.

"Southwest Contractor: 2007 Top Projects Nevada." Southwest Contractor. June 2008: 76.

"Ruvo, Clinic Meeting Was 'Like Magic'." Las Vegas Sun. February 17 2009: 7.

"Gehry's Curvy Creation Takes Shape in Downtown Las Vegas." Healthcare Construction. February 2008: 32.

"Ruvo Center Taking Shape" Las Vegas Sun November 21,2009

"Ruvo Center architect's form helps direct focus on a cure" Las Vegas Sun. April 6, 201o.

"Lou Ruvo Center design defines purpose of facility" Las Vegas Sun. April 4, 2010
Spatially Direct Parent: Union Park
Spatially Largest Parent: Union Park