Tentative plan for housing UNR students at Reno hotel casino

This conceptual photo shows what a student room in Wolf Pack Tower could look like. University of Nevada, Reno photo.
This conceptual photo shows what a student room in Wolf Pack Tower could look like. University of Nevada, Reno photo.(KOLO)
Published: Jul. 19, 2019 at 3:37 PM PDT
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The University of Nevada, Reno is working out a plan to house 1,300 students displaced by the July 5 Argenta Hall explosion at the west tower of Circus Circus Reno, UNR said in a statement Friday.

The plan is still proposed and has to be reviewed and approved by both sides.

The Circus Circus Sky Tower will be renamed Wolf Pack Tower to take students from Nye and Argenta halls. It will be segregated from the casino and students will have their own entrances and round-the-clock security. Key cards will be needed to enter the building. The University of Nevada Police Department will have a substation in the building with 24-hour patrol. Security cameras will also be installed.

PACKTransit shuttle will have a designated stop in front of the main Wolf Pack Tower entrance to take students to and from the university. For students bringing a vehicle to campus, free parking will be available in the parking garage designated for Wolf Pack Tower.

In order to feed students, UNR will build two temporary buildings starting Aug. 12 on the plaza east of Great Basin Hall. They will provide 2,285 meals per day. The PACKTransit shuttle will take students to the temporary dining halls. The Overlook Café will continue as an all-you-care-to-eat residence hall dining facility.

Wolf Pack Tower will have civic engagement as was planned for Argenta Hall. Residential life programs will tie in with service-learning and community-volunteer opportunities.

“We feel it is vitally important that the 1,300 students, who will not be living in Argenta and Nye Halls this fall, still have an integrated university housing experience, one that will include all of the support infrastructure we know is vital to first-year students’ success and retention,” Shannon Ellis, university vice president of student services, said in a statement.

Wolf Pack Hall will also have resident directors who live there full time and a full-time site director. Larger floors will also house resident assistants who are live-in, academic mentors offering tutoring hours. Eventually, it will have lounge areas and study spaces, laundry facilities and even a coffee and juice bar available to all residents.

“Our plan is to seamlessly integrate Wolf Pack Tower into the University’s housing experience,” UNR President Marc Johnson said in a statement. “We are extremely fortunate to have a nearby property manager who understands what the needs of our program are and who has agreed to work with us on transitioning their property into a space University students will thrive in.”

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