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   AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2006 awards -> Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy - Phase IIIB (AACPA-PHASE IIIB)



Entry number: UB06006
Project Name: Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy - Phase IIIB (AACPA-PHASE IIIB)
Building Type: High School and Gymnasium on an active campus ( Currently K-8)
Completion Date: April 2007
Architect: Carpenter Sellers Architects

Design team:
Interior designer: CSA with Colours
Landscape architect: Lifescapes Intl.
Structural engineer: Martin and Associates
Electrical engineer: TJ Knob
Civil engineer: Civil Works
General contractor: Sletton Construction
Others on the design team: Innovative Design

Design Approach/Narrative: The matriculation process from K-12 is represented by the placement of structures on the site, and the sophistication of materials, detailing and scale of buildings. The linear path allows students to see where they are going and where they have been. Although the High School, existing Middle School, Gymnasium and existing Multipurpose Building are all actually connected as one building; the exterior design of each allows each “building” and the functions within the building to be identifiable as separate structures. This serves several purposes. First, it allows the different “buildings” to create a campus experience and provide students with something more than a monotonous feel. Second, it provides fundraising opportunities for the AACF to name buildings and their component parts after donors. In the end, there are eight identifiable “buildings”.

During the design process on the High School the architects proposed creating a tradition at the school that could be augmented by the architectural design. The AACF requested at third level roof garden that would provide unobstructed views of the City of Las Vegas. This roof garden would serve several purposes. The first was to provide a location to entertain donors. The second was to provide students with a special space to hold an outdoor class. The unfortunate truth is many of the students in the neighborhood the school serves have not had the opportunity to travel outside of their own neighborhood. The architects also proposed a third purpose…….

The architect’s proposed a bridge from the roof deck to a smaller roof deck that spanned over the High School Quad below that will serve as the commencement bridge. The rule would be that you would not be able to cross the bridge until graduation. Students from all grade levels would be summoned to walk to the High School Quad for an on campus celebration to watch as each graduate walked across the commencement bridge and placed a decal of the name of college they planned to attend on the glass guardrails of the bridge. It is here that the architects wished to express that the students’ journey does not end at Agassi Prep, the journey continues.

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





These images are low-resolution reproductions of the images provided for the AIA Nevada Design Awards. All materials should be considered copyrighted and may not be reproduced or used without permission.

Monday, 17-Dec-2012 10:50:01 PST