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University of Nevada Mulls Fate of Historical Campus Buildings

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The University of Nevada is trying to figure out what to do with historical buildings on campus. The century old buildings serve as student housing, but pose a safety risk.

The university wants to make sure all their student housing is as up-to-date as possible, as their enrollment continues to grow.

"Two of our residence halls, Lincoln and Manzanita, are over 100 years old and both have kind of a construction called unreinforced masonry and it doesn't perform as well in earthquake situations as modern construction standards do," says Jane Tors.

They have been looking at different concepts to upgrade the buildings. Tors says these two halls are part of the university's historic district named on the National Register of Historic Places. And the university has received some concern from people in the history field about getting rid of the buildings.

Tors told me University of Nevada President Marc Johnson wants to bring in a consultant with historic preservation to help them with the planning process.
"What they should know is there is a concept, but I think they should know is there isn't a timeline. There isn't a firm plan, any hidden secret plan and final decisions aren't made and there is going to be a final consultative process that's going to move forward."

We'll be sure to be keep you updated on any developments on this issue.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol

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