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   AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2007 awards -> Enchantment Way Vacation Community

       NEVADA AIA DESIGN AWARDS 2007        



Entry number: UB07022
Project Name: Enchantment Way Vacation Community
Location: Tenaya Way and Agate Ave. Las Vegas NV
Building Type: Residential Development
Completion Date: October 2008
Architect:  Tate Snyder Kimsey

Sustainability Description

Design Team:
Architect: Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects
Civil Engineer: AMTI Sunbelt
Electrical Engineer: IBE
Interior Designer: Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects
Landscape Architect: Quercus
Structural Engineer: Greg Gordon & Assoc.
Green Living Consultant: Green Dream Enterprises
General Contractor: Bugbee


Narrative/Project Description:

To develop housing designs that respond to the desert climate with openness, while protecting from its harsh elements.

Located 10 miles from the Las Vegas Strip and 15 miles from the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, The Enchantment Way is a development of eco­vacation houses. Six 3500 square-feet houses and one 5,000 square-feet house on a 5-acre parcel in the southwest portion of the Las Vegas valley are to be a new way to experience vacationing in Las Vegas. The Enchantment Way provides visitors with easy access to both the gaming and entertainment of the resort corridor, and outdoor recreation of the surrounding areas. The environmentally conscious tourist can stay in the privacy of houses designed to utilize natural ventilation, natural materials, day-lighting, chemically sensitive building materials, and native landscape, connecting them to a sense of peace and wellness.

The natural beauty and extreme climatic conditions of the Mojave Desert drive the aesthetics of the homes, which utilize thick, straw bale walls, deep roof overhangs, protected indoor/outdoor spaces, and warm desert colors. The simple interior spaces are flexible enough to create a comfortable, casual relaxation experience, or as an entertaining venue. Each of the rental houses has two master bedrooms with master baths, three bedrooms, full Kitchen, dining, living and laundry rooms, along with a three car garage, and pool. Combining the kitchen, living, and dining areas into a great room allows for a flex space to be. This area could be used for a family on vacation or entertaining clients if a corporation would lease the whole complex. Each layout has its own unique way of connecting the great room to the outdoors. The Enchantment Way 2, 3, 5 and 6 all have two different exterior courts off their great rooms, creating spaces that would be better suited for different types of functions and/or different times of the year.


Sustainability Description:

The Enchantment Way development is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes Pilot program. The goal is for the homes to be Silver level certification ( The following list are divided into our main sustainable design approaches and our prescribed approaches, the latter are not show in diagrams but required by LEED for Homes in order to achieve a silver level certification.

Sustainability Approaches

  • Optimal Building Orientation
  • Native Vegetation (Xeriscape)
  • Permeable Surfaces and Storm Water Detention
  • Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation
  • Straw Bale Walls
  • Super Insulated Building Envelope
  • Solar Domestic Hot Water Heating
  • Grid-Tied 5 KW Solar Power Array
  • Proper Shading of Glazing
  • Clerestory Glazing for Daylighting
  • Tortoise Habitat
  • Passive Solar Heating

Sustainability Approaches (prescribed)

  • Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures
  • High Efficiency Irrigation System and Controls
  • Dedicated Outdoor Air System w/ Heat Recovery High Level of Air Filtration
  • Low VOC Paints, Sealants and Adhesives
  • Sustainable and Rapidly Renewable Building Materials Clay based Plaster (interiors)
  • Locally Quarried Stone
  • Exposed Concrete w/ High Fly Ash Content
  • Reduced Construction Materials Waste
  • Minimized Air Infiltration
  • Windows Meeting or Exceeding Energy Star Requirements
  • Water Cooled Fan Coils w/ Multiple Thermal Zones and Controls
  •  Energy Star Advanced Lighting Package Compliant
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • HCFC-free Refrigerant

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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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