University of Nevada-Reno

Nye Hall & Argenta Hall Reconstruction

Reno, Nevada

Pfeiffer worked with the University of Nevada, Reno, in a fast-tracked effort to assess and design the reconstruction of two student housing buildings, Nye Hall, an 8-story student residence built in 1967 that houses 550 students, and Argenta Hall, an 8-story building that houses 750 students. Both were damaged from a gas leak explosion in 2019. Pfeiffer focused not only on rebuilding existing spaces but also on making improvements to core spaces such as a new connector between the halls as well as a redesigned lobby, entrance, and student lounges. The reconstructed and remodeled student residences welcomed new students to thoroughly refreshed and enlivened environments. Nye Hall was completed in a about eight months; Argenta, a larger project which included extensive redesign of the dining component, in just under three years.

Project Data

Nye Hall: 126,336 sf
Argenta Hall: 211,884 sf

Program & Highlights

Redesigned main entrances for both halls
New connector building
Remodeled lobby and student lounges in Nye Hall on levels 2-8
Remodeled student lobby and common areas in Argenta,
including study rooms, student lounge/gaming room on levels 2-8


Associate Architect: Paul Cavin Architect LLC
General Contractor: Clark Sullivan
Structural Engineer: Hyytinen Engineering LLC
MEP: Ainsworth Associates Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineer: PK Electrical, Inc.


Eric Marks, "Photos: UNR unveils updated Argenta Hall," This is Reno, Local News and Events, August 19, 2022

"UNR Host Reopening Ceremony for Argenta Hall," 2 News, August 17, 2022

Ed Pearce, "UNR's Argenta Hall reopens three years after explosion," KOLO 8 ABC News Now, August 16, 2022

Audrey Mayer, "Argenta Hall to welcome students again in fall 2022, three yeas after explosion," News 4 & Fox 11, July 8, 2022

Nye Hall damage
Argenta Hall damage