University of Nevada, Reno – University Arts Building

  • area / size 42,500 sqft
  • Completed 2019
  • Location Reno, Nevada, , United States
  • DLR Group and WRL partnered on the University Arts Building for the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada.

    The University of Nevada, Reno believes an exceptional arts program provides students with an inspirational facility. This new addition complements the existing Church Fine Arts Complex which opened in 1962 designed by renowned Modernist architect Richard Neutra. DLR Group|WRL’s design utilizes a multi-tiered lobby to connect the plaza, street and bridge levels. The addition engages the topography of the site in a way that creates an active outdoor area. The new addition efficiently deals with circulation, loading, access, and building structure, maximizing net buildable space. It expertly utilizes daylighting and expands much needed rehearsal, performance and maker spaces. The design allows for premier acoustics through smart blocking and stacking, separating spaces along the length of the building, and sensitivity to how the building’s systems impact background noise. The new recital hall employs diffusive wood and seating arrangements that foster excellent acoustics and many teaching configurations. The new galleries for the Lilley Museum of Art feature atmospheric and security protocols needed to house and display oversized objects, antique and climate-sensitive artworks and items of significant value. This new space greatly improves the University’s ability to borrow artwork from collectors and museums and to show more works from its permanent collection.

    This project encompasses a 300-seat, 5,372 SF recital hall; a 5,400 SF, new digital media space; multiple rehearsal and practice rooms; a recording studio; maker space; art galleries and art storage; office; and teaching studios. Building systems were designed around energy efficiency (targeting LEED NC Silver) and the building’s unique acoustic and atmospheric needs.

    Architect: DLR Group and WRL
    Photography: Scott Frances