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Part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s master plan, the new Gateway Precinct will expand the southern campus to I-80. This vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood will soon be home to a new College of Business, Life Sciences building and a 7 level parking structure that will bring much-needed parking to the area.

The Watry Design team took inspiration from the rich brick finish found throughout the campus to create a design that would blend with the existing context. Taking advantage of the sloped site, vehicles will enter and exit on both level one and level 2, which will help break up circulation within the structure.

A pedestrian bridge on the 4th level of the structure will connect the structure to the rest of campus and provide safe passage over 9th Street. Design of the bridge will reflect Reno’s deep ties to the railroad, including exposed trusses to evoke a historic railway bridge, and a train-inspired curved roof.

To aid the University’s plans for future buildings, the team developed a solution to run utility lines along the underside of the pedestrian bridge across 9th street, which will prevent costly excavation and relocation for future construction.

Project Details

  • Owner: University of Nevada, Reno
  • Contractor: Clark & Sullivan Construction
  • Project Status: Construction
  • Parking Stalls: 814
  • Levels: 7
  • Total Sq Ft: 281,804
  • Sq Ft per Stall: 346
  • Total Project Cost: $37,499,023, including pedestrian bridge
  • Per Stall Cost: $43,433