University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas,

Recreation Center And Student Union Market Study And Financial Analysis

In 2001 the University of Nevada, Las Vegas engaged B&D to provide a plan for improvements to the Moyer Student Union and the McDermott Recreational Complex. We were also asked to provide market and financial analyses and program concept development for a proposed student fee referendum. We interviewed representatives from various departments and user groups and reconciled their input with the data-gathering portion of the study. We also conducted focus groups and a survey, along with an analysis of the competitive environment. We found that the current size of the Moyer Student Union and the McDermott Complex were inadequate to fulfill the university’s institutional goals and vision, and that these inadequacies would become more acute if the campus enrollment grew as anticipated. In response to that expected growth, we addressed the physical improvements needed to redevelop the Moyer Student Union and the McDermott Recreational Complex into hubs of campus activity. The plan sought to improve the facilities by providing the appropriate spaces and complementing the new and proposed residence halls, which already were enhancing the overall campus community. Phase I of the new $40 million, 150,000 SF student union was completed in 2006, while the new student recreation and wellness center, along with Phase II of the union, opened in 2007. And in June 2008, the $58 million, 184,000 SF recreation and wellness center project received an Innovative Architecture & Design Award from Recreation Management magazine and an Education Design Showcase “Honorable Mention” from College Planning & Management magazine.

HITTING THE JACKPOT: HOW UNLV NEW STUDENT LIFE FACILITIES ARE CHANGING THE CAMPUS LANDSCAPE

Presented by Jeff Turner, Anne Kingsley, and Mac Hayes at the 2007 NACAS Conference.

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