Jason Bean via Reno Gazette-Journal

Blast-Damaged UNR Dorms May Not Re-Open For 2 Years

Negotiations Continue For Alternate Sites

July 16, 2019 - 3:38 am
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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Both of the dormitories damaged in a natural gas explosion at the University of Nevada, Reno will remain closed for at least a year and the most severely damaged one isn’t expected to reopen until at least the fall of 2021.

School officials said Monday they’re making progress on plans to find housing for 1,300 students who were scheduled to live in Argenta and Nye halls when the fall semester begins at the end of next month.

A July 5 explosion in a basement boiler room at Argenta Hall led to a much larger gas blast that blew out walls and windows, but caused only minor injuries to eight people.

School officials say they’re already developing requests for architectural design and rebuilding of the residence halls. They hope Nye can reopen by fall 2020 and Argenta by fall 2021.