Future of Nevada State College unveiled at anniversary gala

Two new buildings planned on 509-acre campus for academics and student union

During Nevada State College's10th Anniversary Gala, a grand finale to its yearlong anniversary celebration, President Bart Patterson outlined the future of the growing college and unveiled plans for two new buildings.

With over 500 guests in attendance, the event commemorated a decade of the college's growth. As the fastest growing higher education institution in Nevada, Nevada State College (NSC) forecasts continued increases in student enrollment and further development of the curriculum. As a result, the college is looking to add two new permanent buildings on its 509-acre campus in Henderson.

We owe it to our students and faculty to continue to develop our campus to ensure we are meeting their educational needs, said Patterson. In the upcoming years, we are looking forward to adding two buildings to the NSC campus that will house a state-of-the-art learning environment for the schools of nursing and education, as well as a brand new student center.

Three-dimensional renderings of the new buildings were unveiled at the gala. The 60,000 square-foot nursing and education building will house several anatomy labs, over a dozen classrooms, a large auditorium, faculty and staff offices, and a cutting-edge media center. The second building, a 40,000 square-foot student center and administration building, will house the college's student services departments, study and activity space for students, and offices for administration.

Currently, the NSC campus includes leased office space in downtown Henderson, the remodeled Dawson building and the Liberal Arts & Sciences building, which was the first building built on the 509-acre campus and opened in 2008.

We look forward to uniting all departments on the main campus, added Patterson. By creating one campus, we'll be that much more student-centered.

NSC has been providing regular updates on the growth of the college and plans for expansion to the Nevada's Board of Regents Investment & Facilities Committee, and any final plans will be submitted to the full Board of Regents for final review and approval.

Once finalized, the development of both buildings is planned to move forward utilizing repurposed funds from discontinued building leases, capital funding, as well as a $125 student-approved fee. The anticipated move in date for both buildings is fall 2015.

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