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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2008 awards



Entry number: B08037
Project Name: Las Vegas Readiness Center
Building Type: Government and public
Completion Date: February 2007
Architect: Ganthner Melby LLC, Architects & Planners
Building Location: 4500 W. Silverado Ranch Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89139

Design Team:
Electrical Engineer: JBA Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc.
General Contractor: Pace Contracting Company
Structural Engineer: Hyytinen Engineering
Civil Engineer: Poggemeyer Design Group, Inc.
Interior Designer: Yates Silverman
Photographer: Valerie Clark Photography


Statement of Design Approach:
Design criteria were established by National Guard Bureau Government Guidelines and Regulations. Programming, operational information, and the needs request are established by the Department of Defense and are in the SF 1390 and 1391 Forms.

Other pertinent documents and Guidelines utilized included: 415-5 Military Construction Army National Guard (MCARNG) Project Development; 415-10 Army National Guard Facilities Construction; 415-1 Design Guide for Armories; and MTOE Manning Document.

The Using Agency's direction to the A/E Team was to provide a unique image for the Readiness Center and incorporate force protection design concepts into the building.

The Architect's design approach was to provide a functional building, yet provide the facility with an individual personality and character.

This project was to provide a Readiness Center to serve the peace time missions of the assigned units. The space will permit all personnel to perform the necessary tasks that will improve the unit's readiness posture. The site of this project is a 50 acre lot that was in the process of being transferred to the State through Congressional action. The State did not own all of the parcels within the 50 acres and the building and site design had to work around the yet to be purchased parcels.

The building has been strategically placed to make maximum use of the buildable areas on the site. It forms the nucleus of a complex which is planned to include a Civil Support Team Readiness Building and a Field Maintenance Shop. The building placement also adheres to restrictions dictated by the power transmission line and its easement which bisects the site.

There are no existing facilities on the project site. The west fence is a block wall to screen from public view the military vehicle parking and associated activities occurring behind the building. The east fence is ornamental iron with brick columns in keeping with the planned front view of the complex.

The Las Vegas (Henderson) Readiness Center is considered to have a low threat level with conventional standoff distance or unobstructed space defined as 10 meters (33 feet). The effective standoff distance has been defined as low level, or 25 meters (82 feet).

The LVRANG Readiness Center was constructed of concrete masonry units, pitched metal roofs, and concrete decks to provide added security to the enveloped design. Window areas were reduced and impact resistant glass was added to address force protection issues. Natural light and windows have been provided through the use of clerestory and light wells to all office and work areas. The facility was designed to meet the requirements of the National Guard Bureau's SPiRiT program.

Sustainable Description:
The project was designed with the guidelines of the NNG SPiRiT Program.

The National Guard SPiRiT Program is now LEED. The building, as designed and built, obtained an unaudited rating of 54 points for a "Gold" Rating.

Special features include the following:

  • Environmental control and monitoring system
  • Light timer and motion sensors
  • Thermal mass to help maintain consistent temperatures
  • Natural lighting through light wells and clerestories
  • Reflective roof membranes


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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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