Entry number: B08022
Project Name: Miley Achievement Center
Building Type: Educational
Completion Date: March 2006
Architect: JMA Architecture Studios
Building Location: 245 N. Pecos Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89101
Electrical Engineer: JBA Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: JW Zunino and Associates
General Contractor: Roche Constructors
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin Associates
Civil Engineer: Nevada By Design
Interior Designer: JMA Architecture Studios
Photographer: Opulence Studios
LEED Consultant: Gren A/E Consultants
Type of Project: K-12 School
Completion Date: March 2006
Type of Construction: Type II
Materials Used: CMU, Cement Plaster, and Glass Block
Building Area: 39,500 sf
Statement of Design Approach:
The Miley Achievement Center is a campus in Nevada's Clark County School District that services the behaviorally challenged students in the district. Students who attend the facility range in ages from 5 years old to 22 years old. Student temperaments include chronic depression, aggression and sexual misbehavior. The campus will support 250 students in a 39,500 square foot facility on a 6.8 acre site.
The design committee embraced the challenges of creating what we believe to be the best K-12 facility to the educational practices and philosophies for behaviorally challenged students, innovating thinking, and the flexibility for students to achieve. The basis of the design for the new facility was to provide a safe and secure environment that promotes learning and appropriate behavior for these special students. Issues such as campus organization, circulation, security, visibility, sound attenuation, and sustainable design affected the layout of building and site. The design team brought together composed of specialized backgrounds to help address the requirement needed for a modern, innovative facility. A research based design process reviewed concepts of alternative learning programs from across the county focusing on elements that related to the programmatic concerns of the staff and students. Through a series of design charettes, the involvement of all participants provided an opportunity for people to be a part of the design process and understand their perspective of what factors are key to the learning process.
The building is organized around the "school within a school" concept with Elementary, Middle and High schools each formed around their central "Exterior Learning Area" shaded courtyards. Common support facilities such as the Library, Multi-Purpose corridor by each school. Each "school" is provided with full and separate outdoor play areas with amenities appropriate for the age group served. Because of the student population and student behavior, the client did not want an institution or "prison" environment, but to welcome the student into a conducive learning environment.
This school is surrounded by offices, warehouse, and low-to-middle income housing in a neighborhood with security concerns as well as a high-traffic. Placement of buildings and orientation of the courtyards was given great consideration to ensure the safety of students and faculty as well as to reduce the audio and visual pollution. In addition, site lines at ground level were eliminated. Great thought was given to how this school could grow with the students and faculty and the creation of age appropriate houses was deemed one of the best tools to meet those changes. The school is poised to grow and develop with the students, parents and faculty needs.
The Miley Achievement Center is the first LEED designed project for Clark County School District. The concept of utilizing the criteria established by LEED lends itself to the quality of the learning areas and improving the learning process. Natural day-lighting in classrooms, energy efficient mechanical systems, and durable, low-maintenance materials and finishes were all utilized to meet the unique needs of this special user group.