DRI Celebrates Reno Campus Expansion

The Desert Research Institute this week will celebrate the addition of two new buildings at its Reno campus.

The $5.7 million Maxey Science Building was completed in September and adds 10,000 square-feet of microbiology labs, faculty and administration offices and a new conference room.

The $26 million Computational Research and Visualization Building is slated for completion in 2008.

It will add 40,000 square-feet and include state-of-the-art visual and virtual reality tools and hardware.

"These two new facilities will give DRI the ability not only to house more researchers, but to take on more exciting research in areas such as climate change and advanced computer and visualization technology," said Stephen Wells, DRI President.

A dedication ceremony and open house is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Desert Research Institute is a nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education.