At the peak of its 50th anniversary, the Harrah College of Hospitality is sounding in the New Year with the opening of its advanced scholastic building, Hospitality Hall.
It’s UNLV’s latest structure because Greenspun Hall opened in fall 2008.
Inspired by the environment of a shop hotel, the 93,500-square-foot Hospitality Hall was designed “for the market, by the industry,” inning accordance with primary designer Michael Del Gatto of Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architecture. The firm used the hospitality world to tease out metaphorical equivalents in the scholastic space.
A dramatic wooden staircase, viewed as you travel through the amber-tinted entrance, functions as the focal aspect that draws visitors into lounge in the lobby; the encouraging and career service centers, located on the first floor, work as the college’s student concierge desk; a cafe and a golf store serve as retail area; and the classrooms/labs on subsequent floors represent ballrooms.
Here’s what went into the making of Hospitality Hall:
Concrete put: About 88,000 cubic feet (which suffices to construct a five-foot-wide walkway 12.5 miles long).
Steel used: 738 heaps.
Longest piece of steel: 70 feet, 6 inches, and weighing more than eight heaps.
Largest outside panels: 12 feet long, 4 feet tall, and weighing 325 pounds.
Meeting room: 4.
Expense: $59 million.
Private funding: $24 million.
LEED certification: Silver.
The hospitality college welcomes the UNLV campus, alumni, donors, and neighborhood at-large to visit the structure and join teachers, alumni, and market partners at the Hospitality Hall Open House on from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25. To register, check out unlvalumni.org/hospitality. Please RSVP by Jan. 21.