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   AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2007 awards -> Terminal 3 building @ McCarran Intíl Airport

       NEVADA AIA DESIGN AWARDS 2007        


Entry number: UB07063
Project Name: Terminal 3 building @ McCarran Int’l Airport
Location: 1205 E. Russell Rd Las Vegas NV
Building Type: Transportation
Completion Date: 2011
Architect:  PGAL, LLC

Sustainability Description

Design Team:
Architect: PGAL, LLC
Architecture Subconsultant: RAFI (Robert A. Fielden, Inc.)
Architecture Subconsultant: Welles Puglsey Architect
Central Plant Structural Engineer: Wright Engineers
Structural Engineer: Walter P. Moore
Passenger Flow: TransSolutions
Signage Design: Selbert Perkins Design
Fire / Life Safety: Rolf Jensen & AssociatesArchitecture Subconsultant: RAFI (Robert A. Fielden, Inc.)
Civil Engineer: PGAL, LLC
Interior Designer: PGAL, LLC
Civil Engineer: Louis Berger
Horizontal & Vertical Transportation: Lerch Bates & Associates, Inc.
Geotech: Kleinfelder, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: JBA Consulting Engineers
ATS: Jakes Associates
Architectural Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden
Landscape Architect: Hill Clark & Associates
Cost & Schedule Controls: Hanscomb Faithful & Gould
Security: Glover & Associates
Hardware: Finish Hardware & Associates
Acoustics & Paging: Coffeen Fricke & Associates
Concessions: Center for Airport Management
Curtainwall: CDC
Surveying: Barrajas & Associates
Information Systems: ARUP


Narrative/Project Description:
The McCarran Terminal 3 concept is inspired by the geography found throughout the Great Basin in Nevada. The building form is derived from the unique geometric rock formations and enclosures created by the upheaval of the earth. Hollow voids and spaces that are shaped by the erosion of rock, carve openings in which light and exposure can penetrate. In a similar fashion, the vertical canyon-like incisions in Terminal 3 appear as if they have been carved from its monolithic structure.

The rapidly growing population and development of Las Vegas has lands locked the once remote McCarran Int’l Airport location. The site is a restrictive long, narrow parcel of land to the north of the existing D Fates. The orientation of the site and the requirement to add 14 frontal aircraft gates dictated the linear form of the design. The program for terminal 3 consists of two primary operations, landside and airside. These operations are represented by a rectilinear forms linked via a lower intermediate core. The formal and rigid landside mass rests parallel to the ground, while the airside is rotated and appears separated from the ground.

As a response to the challenging desert light conditions, the interior quality if light is modulated through the design of louvered elements on the east, west and south elevations. Entry points into the building points into the building are dramatic light wells penetrating through the solid landside form, likened to fissures cut deep into a canyon. The environment within creates the perception of being protected by a thermal mass. The calmness of weight is accentuated by the palette of selected materials that reflect a logic sense of earth and warmth which transitions into a lucid coolness as perceived movement shifts from ground to sky. The simplicity of form provides a backdrop to terminal D and discretely blends into the northern perimeter of the site


Sustainability Description:
To minimize the impact of a new airport terminal on the environment was a significant mitigation of effects on the environmental and health of employees and visitors, although the Department of Aviation elected not to pursue LEED for new construction, the building and attendant facilities were designed with significant sustainable features with the idea that modest upgrades in the future could result in a LEED designation as a n existing building. Only the sustainable features which were included in the final design are listed below:

  • Alternative Transportation, Public Transportation Access
    • This project will have several means of public transportation to and from the site
  • Water efficient Landscaping, Reduce by 50%
    • Desert/ drought-tolerant and native landscaping has been used throughout the project
  • Energy & Atmosphere
    • Fundamental building systems commissioning is planned for the entire project
  • Energy & Atmosphere
    • CRC (ozone) reduction in HVAC&R equipment is already accounted for in the project
  • Energy & Atmosphere
    • HCFC (non-ozone depleting) chillers are specified in the central plant
  • Energy & Atmosphere
    • Proper design of the overall Energy Management System has been specified
  • Storage & Collection of recyclables
    • Recycling collection and storage facilities have been specified
  • Recycled content, Specify 5% (post-consumer + Post industrial)
    • Recycling flooring and ceiling materials have been specified; metal panels with high recycled content and structural concrete with high fly ash content have been specified
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
    • Compliance with ASHRAE standard 64 for building fresh air ventilation
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
    • The airport facility is already non-smoking with the exception of designated smoking areas that are maintained at the minimum negative pressure required
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
    • Required exhaust for all storage rooms is provided. Entryway systems to collect dirt and minimize airborne particulate matter have been specified

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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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