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UNLV's hotel college to undergo $57M makeover

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV's hotel college is set to undergo a huge, $57 million makeover.  The new building in the north field will have a coffee shop, along with brand-new iPad ready classrooms.

The project is expected to be a costly one, but university leaders said it's a necessary expense. 

“The hotel college is an internationally recognized program and yet the facilities are outdated,” Don Snyder, UNLV's president said.

When asked why this project is now the top priority in regards to the university's capital projects, the hotel college dean, Stow Shoemaker said, without the new building, UNLV wouldn't be able to accommodate more hotel students, or compete globally.

Las Vegas is the home of these beautiful- beautiful resorts: And so when people come to study hospitality in the hospitality capital of the world, they expect a building to sort of represent that,” Stowe Shoemaker the UNLV hotel college dean said.

While the old building has stadium seating with the professor at the front, the new classrooms will be completely flat and students will get more of an interactive experience.

“The chairs will be able to be all moved around so we'll do much more with group projects: Much more interaction learning,” Shoemaker said.

Hospitality students said this new classroom approach helps them to get real-world experience.

“It really helps when you're older and you're actually in the job, you're already working with people, you already know how to interact,” Bradley Hahnfeld, a hospitality student at UNLV said.

Students also believe this project will help to boost enrollment. 

“With the new hotel college and the medical school I think that will help bring in more kids to our school,” Cory Argubright, a UNLV student said.

However, the new building is still not a done deal.  The board of regents still has to present their budget to state lawmakers this spring for approval.  If approved, the state has agreed to pay 60 percent of the construction costs.

University leaders also say they still need time to recruit more private donors to help them pay for their portion of the tab for the new building.