Opens to student residents August 2012
What is the Nevada Living Learning Community project?
The Nevada Living Learning Community formally opens for the fall semester in August 2012, after a “soft opening” to incoming freshmen attending summer orientation programs. It is the first residence hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus to have dedicated classrooms and faculty offices within the building. The project is five stories, approximately 124,000 square feet with four classrooms, faculty offices and houses 320 students.
What are living learning communities?
Living learning communities, which began six years ago on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, integrate student learning with on-campus residential living, helping freshmen students make connections that will last throughout their college years. Having students with similar academic interests live in the same area promotes opportunities to help each other with homework, study together and share common experiences.
How many communities are there?
The University currently offers nine living learning communities all now based in The Nevada Living Learning Community: including journalism, business, WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), education, pre-nursing, engineering, first-year, art and honors. The growth in living-learning communities from three initially to nine this fall reflects the increasing popularity of these residential options and the University’s growing enrollment. Living learning communities range in size from 18 to 64 students. Twelve faculty offices located on the first floor allow for interaction between faculty and students.
What about the construction?
West Coast Contractors was selected as general contractor for the $35 million project, located at the corner of N. Virginia Street and College Drive, following an open-bid process. Collaborative Design Studio was the architect, and the environmentally sensitive project is designed for LEED Silver certification. The project is primarily funded through residence-hall fees, and other revenue sources help funded the academic portions of the building.
For more information about living learning communities at the University and the application process, go to www.unr.edu/housing/llc.
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Nevada’s land-grant university founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno has an enrollment of 18,000 students and is ranked in the top tier of the nation’s best universities. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and with one of the nation’s largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu.
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