UNLV Dedicates Greenspun HallDecember 2, 2008
The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs dedicated its new home this afternoon. The five-story, 120,000-square-foot Greenspun Hall provides classrooms, labs, departmental suites, faculty offices, and radio and television broadcasting facilities for the College, and bring its programs—Communications Studies, Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Public Administration, Journalism and Media Studies, and Social Work—under one roof. The Greenspun Family Foundation contributed $37 million for the building—the largest single donation in UNLV history.
Greenspun Hall holds down a prominent corner of the UNLV campus where it meets Maryland Parkway; as the first building in the University’s "Midtown UNLV" initiative, it re-engages the campus with the city that has grown up around it. A tower creates an urban gateway symbolizing the University's edge. At the southeast and northwest corners of the site, expansive landscaped stairs ascend to a broad courtyard shaded by a louvered canopy that will tame the harsh desert sun, yet allow it to play across the trees, columns, and open space below. This louvered canopy, the most visible of the building's many environmentally sensitive design features, reduce solar gain on the building's facades and roofs and support a large photovoltaic array that will produce a significant portion of the power required to run the building. Greenspun Hall is on track for LEED Gold certification.
HKS is the architect-of-record.