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UNR Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

University of Nevada, Reno | Reno, Nevada

"The Knowledge Center will encompass all facets of the digital age in a single, synergistic complex."
Steve Zink, Dean of University Libraries

This new academic facility goes far beyond the traditional campus library by combining library functions with technology classrooms, videoconferencing facilities, and specialized computer labs. UNR embraces the idea of the library as a comfortable space, so the use of lounge areas, public meeting rooms, and a cafe support a casual atmosphere. Additionally, the perimeter of each floor provides reading and study space with views to the campus.

The Knowledge Center provides an iconic landmark at the prominent entry to the mid-campus area and links the older south campus to the rapidly growing north campus. The exterior of the Knowledge Center responds to the traditional brick construction on campus. Modern materials and details are appropriate to the building's era and scale.

D/P/S served as the lead design firm on the project and collaborated with Hershenow+Klippenstein (architect of record) throughout all phases. D/P/S also prepared a full furniture specification package.

The furniture is in calm and muted colors with mostly textural solid upholsteries and traditional patterns. The main color, "UNR Blue," is used throughout the facility.

The furnishings change dramatically in the @One multi-media center to support the character of the space. This dynamic center provides students with the opportunity to create integrated presentations with audio, video, and state-of-the-art printing capabilities. A 170-seat auditorium, which doubles as a lecture space, includes dual screen projection capabilities and full stereo sound. This type of multi-media experience is essential as libraries evolve to prepare students for the 21st century professional work environment.


"The staff has exhibited a thorough knowledge of library operational issues, collection storage planning, and technology requirements."

Size

296,800sf

Services Provided

Schematic Design
Design Development
Construction Documents
Bidding/Negotiation
Construction Administration
Furniture

Featured Staff

Julie Walleisa Matthew McKim Emily Allen

Awards

2008 Best of Higher Education, Southwest Contractor Awards

2009 Best Education AV Project in the Country, PRO AV (audiovisual) Spotlight Award

What We Create

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients for 60 years. Our staff includes architects, interior designers, planners, structural engineers, landscape architects, and experts in sustainable design in offices in Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; and Amarillo, TX. As a regional leader in design excellence and sustainability, we have successfully completed thousands of projects by collaborating directly with owners and communities.

Education

Our professionals are experienced in primary, secondary, and post-secondary facility design to provide specialty design services for a variety of educational facilities. This diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the Southwest. A well-designed building not only provides an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment for the people who work and learn in them, but also centers on a balanced response to changing ideas in teaching with recognition of our client’s reputation and traditions.

Architecture

We are an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients  for more than 55 years. To better respond to our clients’ needs, we have concentrated our design and technical resources into “Practice Areas,” where our personnel specialize in building types such as housing, commercial, healthcare, government and education. Through the Practice Area concept, designers work on the projects they are passionate about, honing their skills specific to that type, keeping abreast of the latest trends, and training the next generation of designers.

Commercial

We provide specialty design services for a variety of commercial projects, including workplaces, mixed-use developments, retail, and restaurants. We have experience with commercial projects in markets throughout the Southwest, as well as major markets elsewhere in the United States. Our diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the nation. A well-designed building provides an “edge” to our clients, whether the task at hand is to reach out to customers or to recruit and retain tenants and employees.

Landscape Architecture

We provide landscape architecture services to all of the specialized design groups within our offices as well as to external clients. The Landscape Architecture team focuses on the planning and design of exterior places  – with a thorough understanding of real estate development and the interrelatedness of structures, land, and people. From project inception to the close of construction, our landscape team makes important contributions to a collaborative, multidisciplinary design process with their expertise in concept development, site planning & design, and landscape design.

MultiFamily Housing

Building a sense of home into housing.

Building housing means more than designing spaces—it means creating a place that feels like home. As our communities grow in size and diversity, technology advances and the very definition of “home” changes from family to family, how do we help our clients create housing that meets the eclectic needs of its residents while also meeting the objectives of the client?

We do our homework. We take into consideration a multitude of factors: rents, vacancy rates, demand and construction costs, to name a few. We also research the building’s future tenants. Who are they, what do they need and how can we create an optimal environment based on their unique circumstances? With our combined knowledge of project financing and the latest trends and metrics, we can provide our clients with flexible solutions while providing our communities with a stronger foundation from which to grow.

EXPERIENCE + CAPABILITIES

Master planned communities
Assisted care and independent living facilities
Multi family housing communities
Affordable housing
Student housing complexes
Luxury apartments
Townhomes
Mixed-use
Building assessments
Tax credit packages
Environmental and human sustainability integration

Structural Engineering

The building must stand.

Buildings that can adapt to whatever tomorrow brings must first stand the test of time. Our structural engineers work interdependently with each of our disciplines to ensure every building is safe and resilient far into the future, while staying true to the objectives of each project. Together, we help create lasting structures that protect your vision, your investment, and most importantly, your people.

Community

We provide specialty design and planning services for a variety of public clients. Our professionals have “hands on” experience with civic projects throughout the southwest, including personnel who have project experience while serving in the public sector. Their talent enables us to develop innovative planning and design solutions that draw upon “lessons learned” from the various public agencies served. 

Healthcare

As a leader in the field, we have over 20 years’ experience in the design of healthcare facilities. With more than 20 multi-disciplined personnel, our Healthcare Group has collectively worked on more than 250 healthcare projects. Our group has created master plans for medical centers, planned new hospitals and hospital additions, orchestrated major renovations to outdated hospitals and created spaces for highly specialized equipment.

Sustainability

What’s at stake?

Protecting the environments we live and work in has always been a priority for our company. Long before sustainability became a popular topic of conversation, we felt a deep responsibility to take every step possible in order to make the lightest footprint on our planet. Our energy efficient projects are designed for the unique climates they exist in. In the Southwest, we carefully consider siting, solar orientation, appropriate fenestration, building mass, appropriate mechanical systems and the use of building materials readily available in our region to create LEED Certified buildings.

Planning

We provide a wide range of planning and design services, from conceptual land use plans to design guidelines to municipal submittals and approvals. We excel at providing integrated design and planning solutions that are market-driven and sustainable. Projects range from large-scale master planned communities to small in-fill tracts. Our group utilizes the design expertise of the firm and a collaborative approach to maximize development opportunities for the client. With our integrated team of planners, landscape architects, and architects, we can generate initial design concepts and take projects through to construction documents.

Senior Living

Interior Design

Spaces that work harder.

We design buildings to do more for people, not the other way around. Without interior spaces that help accomplish the objectives of those who use the building, what’s the point? Our interior designers specialize in creating spaces that help recruit and retain, elevate learning, facilitate healing, enrich the consumer experience, and improve quality of life. Working closely with our clients and consultants, together we design places that extend the life of a building by enhancing the lives of those within it.

EXPERIENCE + CAPABILITIES

Custom interior design
Space planning
Finish selection/specification
Workplace performance evaluations
Space needs assessments
Corporate standards programs
ADA, ergonomics evaluation, and product recommendations
Post-occupancy evaluations
LEED consulting

In Progress

Our passion is to help our clients realize their dreams by partnering with them through a collaborative, multidisciplined process that recognizes new trends and utilizes technologies to create functional, comfortable, and stimulating places. Browse some of our newest projects that are currently in construction.