University of Nevada, Reno William N. Pennington Health Sciences Education Building

  • Location:

    Reno, Nevada

  • Client:

    State of Nevada Public Works Board

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  • Specialties:

    Higher Education

Features & Highlights

  • Helped the state of Nevada expand procurement methods (introduction of CMAR)
  • Unique single location for multidisciplinary labs
  • Allowed all fields of medical study program to work together in a sole unique environment
  • LEED Silver® equivalent
Project Overview

This project at the University of Nevada, Reno did much more than bring a state-of-the-art health sciences education facility to the 135-year-old campus. Sundt was instrumental in renewing the Nevada State Public Works Board’s enthusiasm for the Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) delivery method. The state of Nevada modified their procurement regulations allowing CMAR to procure public projects. The William N. Pennington Health Sciences Education Building was the first project to be awarded using the CMAR delivery method. The project also used Building Information Modeling, or BIM, which was also another “first” for the Public Works Board.

The 58,600-square-foot building combines the Health Science Education programs, the School of Medicine and Orvis School of Nursing into one educational joint facility that addresses the requirements for health care practitioners to work as an integrated team—nurses, doctors, social workers, nutritionists, and others. The facility consists of two lecture halls, an anatomy lab, a multi-disciplinary lab, three simulation labs, 14 standardized patient rooms, several large and small group meeting spaces, faculty offices, a stand-alone student lounge and nearly 10,000 square feet of new space for the nursing school.

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“During the construction process Sundt was very team-oriented, innovative and created an environment that was great for processing ideas. They were very open to suggestions from us or other team members.”

Scott Brown, Architect/Project Manager, University of Nevada, Reno