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Konami Helps Harrah College Kicks Off Fundraising

A drive to build a new facility for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV got a jump-start with a $2.5 million gift from Konami Gaming.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas announced the launch of a new fundraising effort for construction of a new academic building for its William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration with a gift of .5 million from Las Vegas-based slot manufacturer Konami Gaming.

Konami Corp., parent company of Las Vegas-based Konami Gaming Inc. said its gift “will help build a solid foundation for excellence in hospitality and gaming education.”

The total project cost of the building, to be called Hospitality Hall, is estimated at $50 million, with a proposed $30 million in public funding and $20 million in private support. Existing kitchen and laboratory spaces in Beam Hall will be renovated as part of the project.

Preliminary plans for the facility include roughly 95,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and meeting space.

“Konami is honored to make this financial commitment for the UNLV Hospitality Hall as a contribution to the development of both the gaming industry and its future leaders,” said Takuya Kozuki, president of Konami Corp.

The gaming lab located in the UNLV Stan Fulton Building was formally named the Konami Gaming Laboratory, in recognition of a 2010 gift of $1 million to the school by the slot manufacturer.