The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) today announced a $2.5 million gift from the KONAMI Corporation to support construction of Hospitality Hall, a new academic building for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.
“Our strong commitment to the education of future industry leaders compels our continual support of UNLV,” said Thomas Jingoli, senior vice president/chief compliance officer for Konami Gaming, Inc.
The gift officially launches the campaign for construction funding for Hospitality Hall at the center of UNLV’s campus. Preliminary plans for the facility include roughly 95,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and meeting space that will be designed to encourage interaction and a sense of community between students, faculty, and industry professionals. ”
The total project cost is estimated at $50 million, with a proposed $30 million in public funding and $20 million in private support.
“This generous gift is an example of the long-term relationship we have with KONAMI, and we are excited that they have committed to take this next step with us,” said Stowe Shoemaker, dean of the Harrah Hotel College.
State legislators approved planning funds for the project during the 2013 Legislative Session, and the State Board of Examiners approved a contract for architectural services on Feb. 4, 2014. UNLV expects to present a public funding request during the 2015 Legislative Session, which if approved could lead to project completion by late 2017.
The gift continues a long history of support from KONAMI to UNLV and the Hotel College. In 2010, KONAMI donated $1 million to the Hotel College.
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