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   AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2007 awards -> Inspirada Phase I, Neighborhood Park "A"

       NEVADA AIA DESIGN AWARDS 2007        


Entry number: B07020
Project Name: Inspirada Phase I, Neighborhood Park "A"
Location: 200 Via Firenze Road
Building Type: Neighborhood Park
Completion Date: September,  2007
Architect: Lucchesi Galati

Sustainable Description

Design Team:
Architect: Lucchesi Galati
Civil Engineer: Wright Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Wright Engineers
General Contractor: The Korte Company
Interior Designer: Lucchesi Galati
Landscape Architect: Glanville Associates
Photographer: Lucchesi Galati
Structural Engineer: Wright Engineers

Narrative/Project Description:

Located in the southern foothills of the Las Vegas Valley, Inspirada will be nearly a 2,000-acre town unto itself where neighborhoods are centered around public parks and gathering spaces. The community is designed as a collection of seven intimate villages. Each village is centered on a neighborhood park, so every resident is within walking distance of the community’s recreational amenities. And because it is a city of narrow streets without walls separating neighborhoods, Inspirada invokes an old city charm, with kids walking to the park, and neighbors visiting in comfortable, shaded public spaces, which will create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly environment.
            Inspirada is Nevada’s first community incorporating a New Urbanism planning concept placing emphasis on pedestrian and connectivity between residential, commercial and public open spaces along with a wide variety of unique traditional neighborhood designs. A few of the New Urbanism approaches are:

  • A pedestrian oriented design
  • Connectivity between and integration of residential, commercial and public open space
  • Intimate neighborhoods with community gathering places
  • Integration of the natural environment and open space
  • Create environmentally sustainable communities by reducing the need for automobiles
  • Connection by a series of bicycle paths, lit walking trails, tree-lined boulevards, and natural open spaces

This project is based on developing a five-acre park to both embrace the crossroads of Village I, which is approximately 177 acres, and act as a link between the development’s linear pedestrian paths. Moreover, the park acts as a community gathering space for Village I where residents engage a community center, retail and restaurant venues. A cool tower was designed to assist in bringing passive cooling near the central space shade structure as well as to provide comfort around the retail area during hot summer seasons. Additionally, the cool tower acts as a modern-day, functional community “bell tower” at the center of the park to draw the community to the “town center” when many events take place throughout the year. The central area of the park acts as a crossroads for the community, and a circulation theme based on a strong diagonal promenade intersects the large central plaza, with many smaller walks along the park exterior to tie in with surrounding neighborhoods. Emphasis was placed on creating many different outdoor spaces to encourage a full-range of active and passive activities, and dense canopy trees were planted for shading walkways and seating areas.

Sustainability Description:

The design team worked together to design and construct the buildings and park to be LEED-NC 2.2 Silver Certifiable. A few of the sustainable design features and strategies are:

  • Parking has been minimized and designed below code
  • Minimized heat island (roof) by a single-ply white membrane
  • Shower and changing rooms on site for employees, bicycle storage on site
  • Permeable pavers at central area and around buildings
  • Water retention directed to bio-swales to supplement irrigation to trees and recharge ground water
  • Captured water from storm water directed to planting area or sub grade trench drain
  • Shaded 50% of paving to reduce heat island
  • Site furniture and equipment has high recycled content
  • Rock and gravel materials obtained regionally
  • Provided space for storage and pick up of recycling


  • Drought tolerant vegetation
  • Water-free urinals, dual-flush toilets (tank), dual-flash valves (wall hung)
  • Low flow shower faucets, eco-power sensor faucets


  • No cfc based refrigerants, community center exceeded IECC 2003 by 35%
  • R-19 wall insulation and R-38 Roof Insulation
  • Dual-pane, thermally broken, low-e high-performance windows
  • Occupancy sensors and photo-cells in 90% of the rooms, energy star appliances, 13 STEER RTUs
  • High-efficiency and low energy use hand dryers, high-efficiency water heaters (94% thermal efficiency)

Materials and Resources

  • Metal roof is 100% recyclable post service and has a high post-industrial recycled content
  • Structural steel has high-recycled content, high recycled content lay-in acoustical ceilings
  • Engineered wood TJIs and paralms
  • Recycled plastic lockers and partitions, required construction waste recycling
  • 17% fly ash used in bldg. foundation/footings, 40% fly ash used in shade structure footings
  • 25% recycled content in fiberglass insulation, simulated stone manufactured within 500 miles

Indoor Environmental and Air Quality

  • Non-smoking facilities, low- or no-VOCs in the paints/stains and sealants, zero VOC carpet adhesive
  • Shading devices at south windows and over entries
  • Natural day lighting in all spaces regularly occupied and with views to outdoors
  • Urea-formaldehyde free fiberglass insulation, polyiso rigid insulation (HCFC- and CFC-free)
  • IAQ management plan during construction, two-week flush-out before occupancy

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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.

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