Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at UNR

Helping to elevate the University of Nevada, Reno to tier 1 university status, the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (“the KC”) is one of the most technically advanced information centers in the country, set in a dynamic campus community center. The 5-story, 295,000-sf facility has an automated library retrieval system, a 180-seat auditorium, art gallery, sculpture garden, exhibit areas, coffee shop, recording studio, multi-media production lab, advanced computing and audio/visual technology and more – all designed to immerse students in today’s collaborative and multi-media-driven approach to learning.

Additionally, Q&D worked closely with University Facilities Maintenance throughout the system rough-in’s and installation to assure proper service clearances were maintained for mechanical, electrical and controls. Q&D led bi-weekly walkthroughs with the foreman of each MEP trade, and service techs from UNR Facilities, armed with prepared spreadsheet checklists to assure clearances were maintained at over 200 specific locations in the project. The process assured the specifications were met and served to familiarize the client with their facility as it was being constructed.

“Q&D made an impressive start on the job by delivering a single pour of 2,700 cubic yards of concrete to form the ASRS slab floor. Your team showed superior craftsmanship on the arcade beams with the brick soldier courses and foam infill. I was impressed to see your concrete craftsmen pour the beams monolithically at 60 feet above grade.”

– Lyle Woodward, UNR Director of Facilities Services

Selected as the construction manager for this outstanding facility, Q&D’s team also formed and placed the concrete, the largest continuous pour in Nevada history, involving 2,700 cubic-yards or 12 million pounds of concrete. That equates to 11 miles of four-foot-wide sidewalk! The unprecedented pour was necessary to support the weight of the automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), a modern library collection management system that integrates high-density storage shelving with robotic retrieval. Q&D’s team worked alongside the client and the design team to coordinate with the ASRS vendor and to provide constructability feedback on how to design the unique support structure.

Project Overview

Reno, NV

University of Nevada, Reno (Client: State Public Works Board)

H+K Architects

AGC Pinnacle Award for Meeting Challenges of a Difficult Project; ENR Southwest Contractor Best of Nevada Award for Higher Education