Bechtel Honored by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

02 September 2011 SAN FRANCISCO, California

University’s New Science and Engineering Building Features 'Bechtel Wing'

Bechtel Corporation has received special recognition from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) as the school named the north wing of its new Science and Engineering Building in the company’s honor. The name was revealed during the dedication of the state-of-the-art research center. As part of Bechtel’s commitment to provide opportunities for future engineers, the company helped underwrite the construction of the new facility.  

“As a global engineering company, we have a responsibility to help provide students with access to an education centered on science and technology. This building will be home to many future engineers and we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it,” said John MacDonald, Bechtel’s manager of human resources.

Bechtel has a history in Nevada that dates back to the construction of the Hoover Dam. For nearly 80 years, Bechtel has provided engineering, construction, and project management services to the state through contracts at the Nevada Test Site, the Yucca Mountain Project, and the expansion of McCarran International Airport.

UNLV’s Science and Engineering Building houses faculty researchers, graduate students, and staff from five of UNLV’s colleges and more than a dozen campus departments. The facility is uniquely designed to foster interdisciplinary research and education, with an open floor plan, moveable lab benches and casework, and more than a dozen laboratories. The new addition to the UNLV campus has also earned a LEED silver rating for its sustainable design.

About UNLV

UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution of 28,000 students and 3,300 faculty and staff. Founded in 1957, the university offers more than 220 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs. UNLV is located on a 332-acre campus in dynamic Southern Nevada and is classified in the category of Research Universities (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit