RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The start of the 2014 Fall Semester is just around the corner and the University of Nevada, Reno is preparing to welcome 2,600 students to its residence halls.
For the first time ever, the University was unable to accommodate all residence hall requests for the Fall 2014 semester. New facilities are needed to support future student housing needs and continually improve on the quality of accommodations offered to new students. Additionally, Mazanita Hall and Lincoln Hall will no longer be used to house students in 2015. Peavine Hall will help to absorb the student capacity lost by taking these two residence halls off line.
To keep up with the increasing demand for on-campus student housing – currently exceeding 115 percent – the University is building a new residence hall, Peavine Hall, which broke ground in spring. Peavine Hall, located on N. Sierra Street, will provide an additional 400 beds to the residence hall system and will house primarily freshmen.
The University’s will also offer a new graduate student housing facility, Ponderosa Village. The complex, developed through a public-private partnership with Balfour Beatty, will offer graduate students and graduate students with families a convenient, safe, on-campus housing option. It will serve current students, as well as make the campus more attractive to those considering pursuing their graduate education at the University, which now offers more than 90 graduate programs. Ponderosa Village is located on the University campus on Evans Avenue. Occupancy was opened to residents Friday, Aug. 1, and the official grand opening event will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28. Currently, occupancy of the new facility is at 90 percent.