Inspired by its land-grant foundation, the University of Nevada, Reno provides outstanding learning, discovery, and engagement programs that serve the economic, social, environmental and cultural needs of the citizens of Nevada, the nation, and the world. The University recognizes and embraces the critical importance of diversity in preparing students for global citizenship and is committed to a culture of excellence, inclusion and accessibility.
The University, City of Reno and the region
The region and the City of Reno have experienced economic recovery after the significant recession that began in 2008. Since then, the gaming industry in Downtown Reno has declined. Civic leaders recognize that the local and regional economy must be diversified and stabilized. They look to the University as a key instrument in this recovery.
Two studies share this strategy. In 2012, IBM selected Reno as one of 33 cities worldwide to receive a Smarter Cities Challenge as part of IBM’s citizenship efforts to build a Smarter Planet. And, in 2013, Reno served as a case study for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design. The IBM report found that the region needed to efficiently apply and use its community assets, such as the University, to strengthen the economy. The study stated, “Entities should work together to develop a common, integrated regional economic development strategy, founded on principles of collaboration and joint success.”
The Mayor’s Institute report built upon the IBM study citing the role of urban design in aiding the University and the City of Reno to reestablish its town-gown relationship and to foster a high-quality environment between the University and Downtown Reno. It encouraged the University to invest off-campus to create urban micro areas that contain housing, academic and research space and urban amenities with an integrated transportation system as a key element in this strategy.
The City of Reno and the RTC have embraced these findings by encouraging the University to build south to I-80 and to use the University’s physical and intellectual proximity to catalyze development south of the freeway to the Downtown. As a result of the campus master plan process, the RTC has shared and refined its plans for the extension of the Rapid bus transit system and enhancements for bicyclists.
2015-24 Campus Master Plan
The ten-year campus master plan (CMP) identifies improvements to the campus to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly campus to serve 22,000 students and to set a framework to guide campus development in the long-term.
This includes the creation at the southern boundary of the campus, a mix of campus community-serving uses with a welcoming program for the broaderReno community. This area will include the following:
- University housing
- Academic space
- University innovation and research partnership opportunities
- Student amenities
- Vibrant streets and public spaces
It is one of the first steps to catalyze the revitalization of the land between I-80 and Downtown Reno.
The Campus Gateway Precinct
The Campus Gateway is a new precinct for the University as it expands to I-80. It is a subarea within the University District identified for a mix of University uses and a multimodal stop for the Rapid bus transit, shuttles, and bicyclists.
The University District
The University Regional Center Plan defines the University District as an area generally inscribed by 9th Street to Downtown Reno, bounded in most part by North Virginia Street and Evans Avenue.
The goal is to catalyze this area with University-induced uses to create a vibrant safe and secure mixed-use neighborhood—the missing “town” in the town-gown relationship of the University and the City of Reno. The University District will contain a mix of uses to create a vital, pedestrian-oriented, and economic generator for the City of Reno, including the following:
- Innovation and research including co-worker, maker, start-up, incubator/accelerator spaces
- Commercial space including office, light industrial, retail, and grocery store
- Community-serving uses including school(s), child care, public spaces (parks), and shared parking
- North Virginia Street and Evans Avenue corridors connecting from the campus to the Downtown; North Virginia Main Street Corridor (1) fronted by active ground-floor uses including retail and commercial, and the Evans Innovation Corridor (2) fronted by active innovation and research uses