UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

A 'Green' Success
[Clark's] assistance in getting the project within budget and to construction [completion] was exceptionally well-handled with the various interests ... they were very professional at handling all facets of the project.
Gustavo Nunez, P.E., Administrator, Nevada State Public Works Division
Las Vegas, Nevada
State of Nevada Public Works Board
122,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 

The new home of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, Greenspun Hall consolidates six of the College’s seven departments under one roof and is designed to foster collaboration and innovation. The project achieved LEED Gold certification and earned industry awards for design, construction, and teamwork.

Built from the largest single donation in UNLV history, the 122,000 square-foot Greenspun Hall was designed with innovation in mind. To create a space that will meet the evolving needs of the College’s departments, UNLV hired a planning consultant to interview potential users of the building to determine what kind of spaces and facilities they would need in the next five years. In addition to classrooms and offices, Greenspun Hall includes a specialized lab for the Department of Criminal Justice and the Center for the Analysis of Crime Statistics, an environmental systems and geographic information system lab, five high-tech classrooms equipped with fully-automated control systems, six conference rooms, and a 190-seat auditorium.

Greenspun Hall also features a high definition media and production facility that is home to UNLV-TV and KUNV radio. The facilities include a 2,184 square-foot television studio, three radio studios, a 1,200 square-foot performance studio, advanced editing bays, and a technical operations center.

The building’s exterior is comprised of sandstone, brick, metal panels, curtain wall, punched windows, and exposed architectural concrete. Located at a natural gateway to the UNLV campus, the site is punctuated by a 125-foot brick tower bearing the university’s name that welcomes visitors turning west off Maryland Avenue. 


The LEED Gold facility includes a number of sustainable features. A galvanized photovoltaic (PV) panel array, located in the building's plaza, offsets 15 percent of regulated energy consumption. Additional energy conserving elements include a chilled beam heating and cooling system and a louvered canopy. Clark managed many of the LEED construction credits, including diverting more than 75 percent of construction waste from landfills.

NAIOP - Southern Nevada Chapter Spotlight Awards - Best Public Building
NAIOP - Southern Nevada Chapter Spotlight Awards - Best Exteriors - Common Area Design and Landscape Design
Southwest Construction Best of Nevada Award - Best Teamwork
Southwest Construction Best of Nevada Award - Higher Education Project