Argenta Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus this week reopened to students for the first time after being closed down in July 2019 from an explosion in the building’s boiler room.
In addition to repairs from the explosion, the dorm facility was updated with new paint, carpet, food courts and interior design. New to the Hall is the Downunder Dining Commons, a convenience store, dining areas and restaurants and a redesigned common area allowing for up to 500 students.
One of the new dining features is the “Student Choice” food facility, where students will vote once a semester on the type of cuisine provided.
The common dining area is open to all UNR students and faculty will a meal pass, but only residents of the Hall will have access to the upper floors and living areas.
Each floor is also furnished with individual study areas with access to the university’s facilities online, and digital media equipment such as HD monitors. Resident advisors were putting finishing touches to the common areas in preparation for the reopening on Thursday.
The renovation cost $78 million.
Check out photos from the 2019 explosion and the residence hall updates.
Born in 1971, Eric Marks was fortunate enough to grow up in a time and family where photography and literature were normal parts of his life. His parents were always enthusiastic and supportive of his photography as a child, and encouraged him to read and write as much as possible. From 2005 to 2012 he owned an award-winning, international, high definition video production company, and has produced video and photography in over 14 different countries on four continents. Eric majored at the University of Nevada, Reno in English/Writing and Art, graduating with English and Photography degrees in 2013, and again with an Art degree in 2018. He teaches all genres of photography at Truckee Meadows Community College, is a freelance photojournalist for several publications, and offers private photography instruction.