UNLV’s Harrah College of Hospitality Celebrates 50 Years with Opening of Hospitality Hall
At the peak of its 50th anniversary, UNLV's Harrah College of Hospitality is ringing in the New Year – and the new semester – with the opening of its state-of-the-art academic building, Hospitality Hall.
Hospitality Hall features sweeping views of the Las Vegas Strip and serves as a bridge to the hospitality and gaming industry. With co-mingled classroom, laboratory, and meeting space, the design encourages interaction and a sense of community among students, faculty, and industry professionals.
A dramatic wooden staircase, seen as you pass through the amber-tinted entrance, serves as the focal element that draws visitors in to lounge in the lobby; the advising and career service centers, situated on the first floor, serve as the college's student concierge desk; a coffee shop and a golf store serve as retail space; and the classrooms/labs on subsequent floors represent ballrooms.
Here's what went into the making of Hospitality Hall:
- Concrete poured: About 88,000 cubic feet (which is enough to build a five-foot-wide sidewalk 12.5 miles long)
- Steel used: 738 tons
- Longest piece of steel: 70 feet, 6 inches, and weighing more than eight tons
- Largest exterior panels: 12 feet long, four feet tall, and weighing 325 pounds
- Offices: 80
- Classrooms: 16
- Conference rooms: Four
- Cost: $59 million
- Private funding: $24 million
- LEED certification: Silver
More than $24 million of the $59 million building was funded by private donors, reflecting the deliberate effort to give the building a strong connection to Las Vegas' hospitality industry, while opening the door to new partnerships that extend globally.
The building's founding donors each contributed $2.5 million in a show of hospitality industry leaders' commitment to the college. UNLV is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitality programs in the world. View a time lapse video of Hospitality Hall's construction: https://youtu.be/Pht-E59Mhxc