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   AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2007 awards -> Inspirada Information Center at Tower Center

       NEVADA AIA DESIGN AWARDS 2007        


Entry number: UB07037
Project Name: Inspirada Information Center at Tower Center
Building Type: Community Center
Completion Date: N/A
Architect: Luchesi Galati

Sustainability Description

Design Team:
Architect: Lucchesi Galati


Narrative/Project Description:
The Inspirada community is located in the southern part of the Las Vegas valley and will be a 2,000-acre development. The community is designed as a collection of seven intimate villages and a 300-acre Town Center, which will be central to all seven villages. Each village is centered on a neighborhood park, so every resident is within walking distance of the community's recreational amenities. At the heart of Inspirada will be a vibrant town center planned for restaurants, cafes, retail shops, and entertainment venues. Some of the characteristics in town center included:

  • Places to work, shop, play and attend school will be integrated into the community within walking distance of residences
  • 22 miles of trail systems for walking and bicycling, and land outside of the community is preserved for open space
  • A physical layout designed around the natural terrain

The Inspirada Information Center at Town Center is the gateway to the 300-acre urban core. It is designed to be an information center for the Inspirada community, a community art gallery and provide retail and restaurant lease space. Two of the important strategies for designing the building and interior spaces were to be flexible and adaptive. The owner plans to use the building and park for many uses and be a community resource in the future.
The building will be constructed of rammed earth, panelized cor-ten metal panels, metal roof, a desert roof garden, and north and south glazing for daylighting. The information center space of the building is located on the second floor to provide views in all directions for visual connection to the community. The north side of the building has a constructed wetland to meet all the needs of the building's greywater and blackwater and provide recycled irrigation water to part of the site's demonstration garden. The park is designed to be passive, flexible and provide for community events, concerts and activities such as a farmer's market.
A few of the information center attributes include:

  • A place for interpretation of the community, education, information, art, and for demonstration
  • A place for whole community to engage, and to be a part of a bigger place
  • Create opportunities for social interaction

Place as "landmark" and entry into Town Center

Sustainability Description:
The Information Center at Town Center has been conceptually designed to meet LEED for New Construction 2.2 Certification. Moreover, the owners have stated their desire to meet the LEED Certification. Although the design team's approach is to exceed LEED Certification and strive for a more "Living Building." Many sustainable attributes and strategies are yet to be integrated into the project since the project is only at a conceptual stage; however, a few of the main approaches and strategies are:

  • On site grey- and blackwater solar aquatic waste systems (living machine)
  • Low water use landscaping
  • Pervious paving at plaza area and walkways
  • Design for a long life and loose fit through building and interior space flexibility and adaptation
  • Use of regional and or local building materials
  • Rammed earth construction of structural east and west walls
  • Recycled metal panels at building skin
  • Regionally manufactured glazing systems
  • High volume flyash (40-50%) concrete for use in concrete footings, foundation, etc.
  • Minimize finishes though exposed finish concrete and open ceilings
  • Radiant heating and cooling in floors and ceiling to reduce energy consumption by 40-60%
  • Large roof overhangs and deep set windows for solar control
  • Desert roof garden for thermal control and to be used as a functional roof garden
  • Low flow/dual-flush fixtures and water-free urinals
  • Cool tower for cooling both interior and exterior spaces during high summer dry temperatures integrated with elevator, yet separate space
  • Cool roof - metal roof
  • Educational signage through interpretation about the sustainable strategies


Overall, the sustainable design intent of this project is to strive to design, build and operate a sustainable building that consumes less energy and water, provides a healthy indoor environment, and educates the public on the values of sustainable building and lifestyles.


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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.

Monday, 17-Dec-2012 10:50:03 PST