The University of Nevada, Reno is scheduled to hold a grand opening ceremony for its newest residence hall on Thursday morning. 

Great Basin Hall's name recognizes the traditional homelands of the Indigenous peoples of Nevada and acknowledges the tribes of the Great Basin who historically and currently reside in the state of Nevada: Newe (Western Shoshone), Nuwu (Southern Paiute), Numu (Northern Paiute) and Wa She Shu (Washoe).  

Great Basin Hall will be home to students who are interested in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This 114,000 square-foot residence hall is designed to house more than 400 students, 90 percent freshmen and 10% upperclassmen. 

The new building, which sits on the site of the old White Pine Hall, cost $65 million and was funded through residence hall fees. 

It features energy-efficient mechanical systems, LED lighting, low water-flow fixtures, recycled materials and large windows to maximize natural light.

Design of the new hall complements historic Lincoln Hall, which is adjacent to the new building. 

(The University of Nevada, Reno contributed to this report.)