University of Nevada, Reno - University Arts Building

  • Awards & Recognition
  • LEED Certified Silver
  • Opened/Completed

    • 2019
  • Area

    • 40,000 ft²
  • Cost

    • $32,975,000

Design Achievement - 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|Westlake Reed Leskosky’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.

Scope Summary - This project encompasses 38,000 SF in new construction, including 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. DLR Group|WRL served as the prime architect. Design services included: architecture, interior design, electrical engineering, theater technical, lighting, security, telecom, audiovisual, and acoustics.


DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and design resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Honor Award

    AIA Cleveland
  • Merit Award

    AIA Ohio
  • Merit Award

    AIA Nevada
  • Award of Merit

    ENR Southwest - Best Projects

University of Nevada, Reno - University Arts Building

University of Nevada, Reno