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Industry Update: News & Awards

By Selena Fragassi


Historic Places and Modern Spaces Combine at University of Rhode Island

In its 125th anniversary, the University of Rhode Island’s main campus in Kingston was recently named an “historic district” by the National Park District while several of its buildings have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, a federal distinction that preserves culturally and architecturally significant properties. The main campus spans 29 acres and the oldest structure is the Oliver Watson Farmhouse, opened around 1796, which is part of a lot of farmland purchased in 1888 that established the original agricultural institution. Other registered buildings and structures include Taft Hall (1889), World War I Memorial Gateway (1922) and Eleanor Roosevelt Hall (1937). URI notes that most of the academic buildings have a similar character, constructed of quarry-faced granite ashlar that was originally harvested from former quarries on campus.

Trudeau Mania Returns to Western University
There is no question that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a breakout star of 2017, and his presence during a recent visit at Western University was nothing short of fanfare. The London, Ontario campus was the site of a town hall meeting in January as the Canadian government held its winter cabinet retreat in the area. In attendance were 2,300 people that started lining up earlier in the afternoon waiting for a chance to get their proverbial golden ticket into the event where Trudeau answered questions from the community audience about electoral reform, immigration, and gender equality. Western University remains a favorite of the Prime Minister who also held a similar town hall on the campus in 2017.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas Hits the Jackpot with New Hospitality Hall

It’s almost time for the big reveal of UNLV’s brand-new Hospitality Hall, which will be available to students in the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, with modern settings that aim to inspire them to continue studies in the fast-paced industry. In addition to superb new facilities, faculty guidance and industry partnerships will be a prominent part of the program that is ranked one of the top of its kind in the world. It also helps that Hospitality Hall is just blocks away from “the greatest hospitality laboratory in the world” known as the Las Vegas Strip. Features of the building will include 93,500 square feet of classroom, meeting, and office space as well as a state-of-the-art kitchen, a student-run café, event space overlooking the Strip, and common spaces to inspire collaboration.

Lehigh University Aims High with Revamped Iacocca Hall

It’s out with the old and in with the brand-new at Lehigh’s redesigned Iacocca Hall that has been graced with sleek and contemporary furniture, open spaces with an abundance of natural light, and the latest technology to help reassert the property’s position as a leading conference center for the community. The Hall, formerly part of Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Labs complex, is on Lehigh’s Mountain Campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and is home to a number of university departments, as well as a dining room and observation tower that offer the benefit of a panoramic view of the surrounding hillsides and towns.

Portland State University Gets Ready to Unveil Viking Pavilion

PSU’s accomplished basketball team will soon hold court in a new home at the brand-new Viking Pavilion, which will open in April. The new 3,400-seat arena is a $51 million investment that upgrades the outdated Peter Stott Center into a new multi-purpose venue. The facility will be the epicenter of the university’s men's and women's basketball games as well as volleyball competitions. Other on-site additions are slated to include a coffee shop, study space, and five classrooms that can be rented. One of the property’s first large events is TechFestNW, which just signed a three-year deal with the pavilion for the annual summit.