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   AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2006 awards -> Las Vegas Day School



Entry number: B06024
Project Name: Las Vegas Day School
Building Type: Educational
Completion Date: July 2006
Architect: Welles Pugsley Architects

Design team:
Landscape architect: MLA Architects
Structural engineer: Mendenhall Smith
Electrical engineer: TJ Krob
Civil engineer: Integrity Engineering
General contractor: Boyd Martin Construction
Others on the design team: Wright Engineers

Design Approach/Narrative: The Las Vegas Day School was founded in Las Vegas in 1961, becoming the first non-sectarian, non-denominational private school established in the State of Nevada. Based on enrollment growth projections, a masterplan was developed to completely reorganize the campus over the course of several years. The overall design concept for the school was to create schools within a school. Each school has its own design identity but still remains a part of the overall campus design. Each level of school (Pre-school/Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle) is identified by a tower signaling the entry point to each level. Each building is centered around a private courtyard allowing for potential outdoor teaching space, as well as individual playground areas. The Kinderschool was the first of five (5) phases, followed by Elementary, Middle, and Gymnasium. The buildings are oriented east-west for optimum north and south daylighting control into the classroom areas for the courtyards, thus reducing energy costs to light the rooms during the day.

The client insisted that the construction not interrupt the day-to-day operations of the school. This resulted in masterplan that placed the new buildings on vacant land, located to the east of the existing school. The new construction did not interrupt operations of the existing school. As the school population continues to increase, existing buildings will be removed and replaced with buildings that provide greater functionality

 Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos





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