UNLV, Gardner break ground on Innovation Building at Tech Park

WCN Editorial Team 19 Jul 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Gardner Company, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and the UNLV Research Foundation (UNLV RF) have broken ground on the first innovation building of the UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park (UNLV Tech Park).

Commencement of work on the four-storey, 111,000ft² research, technology and business park marks the beginning of the master-planned development envisioned by UNLV, the UNLV Research Foundation and Gardner.

The UNLV Tech Park will serve as a catalyst to unite business, research and technology and advance economic development efforts in southern Nevada.

Gardner vice president of development and partner Dan Stewart said: “Gardner Company is immensely proud to be a part of the UNLV Tech Park project as we believe it will greatly help shape the research and innovation landscape here in Las Vegas and beyond.

“A campus of this magnitude will foster collaboration and innovation across businesses, UNLV students, innovators and entrepreneurs and we look forward to seeing our vision come to fruition.”

Gardner chairman Kem Gardner announced $1m donation to UNLV RF on behalf of the company.

UNLV associate vice president for economic development and UNLV Research Foundation executive director Zachary Miles said: “Research and economic development activities are on the rise at UNLV, and this building will help us take our efforts to the next level.

“Research parks encourage more direct collaboration between industry and university research than is often possible on college campuses.

“This initial building will serve as a testing ground for new ideas, driving innovation through the creation of new products and businesses that will make both our university and community stronger.”

Gardner, in partnership with UNLV and the UNLV Research Foundation, will manage and operate the 122-acre UNLV Tech Park, which will be located near the intersection of Sunset and Durango in Las Vegas.

According to an initial economic analysis, the campus will create 25,000 new jobs and $2.6bn in direct and indirect economic impact in Las Vegas.

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Image: Artist’s rendering of innovation building at UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park. Photo: courtesy of Gardner Company.

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