Mathewson University Gateway District

Mathewson University Gateway District

Connection, revitalization and an inspiring corridor to campus — the University’s Gateway project is about more than beautiful new buildings, it’s about bridging the community together. Here the Wolf Pack family will discover and enjoy a place of inspiration in the heart of the Reno-Tahoe area.

A joint project from the University and City of Reno, the Mathewson University Gateway District transitions between the historic University campus and urban edge of downtown Reno to leverage social encounters, drive community engagement and foster economic growth.

To prepare for a vibrant, shared future, the University and the City joined together to make the best use of the zone between the University and the City of Reno. The University Foundation acquired 17 private properties and carefully planned what is now the Mathewson University Gateway District.

A public-private partnership

The Gateway District is a public-private partnership with Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate (Edgemoor), an award-winning leader in developing academic facilities and complimentary use development. Edgemoor has used the P3 model to successfully deliver, finance and operate multiple higher education projects across the country. Through the partnership, the Gateway District will fully maximize use of the parcel with complementary uses and potential revenue streams including a privately run hotel and conference center.

Planned with a purpose

The project will create jobs for residents of Reno and the surrounding region, and Edgemoor and Clark Construction are actively looking to add local, small and diverse businesses and partners to the project team.

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Artist's aerial-view sketch of the multi-story College of Business building
Artist rendering for Gateway Parking Complex

The Gateway parking project

The first Gateway project, the Gateway Parking Complex, will be completed in early 2023 and is an infrastructure anchor for the District, creating much-needed parking accommodations for the nearly 20% enrollment growth the University has experienced within recent years.

The new College of Business

The five-story, 125, 000 square-foot building will become a new home for the College of Business. The full block development includes site and landscape improvements to promote a variety of flexible and functional outdoor spaces, and the upper level has a roof terrace with views of Downtown Reno and the Sierras. The building will have multiple points of entry, at both Level 1 and Level 2, that will enhance programmatic adjacencies between internal programs and external context, encouraging spontaneous collaboration and active learning.

Inside you’ll find a full range of spaces dedicated to student instruction and tailored to best practices in modern business education.

Planned features also include the following:

  • A 300-seat auditorium
  • A café/social space
  • Advanced technology labs
  • Case-method optimized teaching spaces
  • Team meeting spaces and collaboration zones