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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2008 awards



Entry number: COL08014
Project Name: Nevada State College Academic & Student Services Building
Building Type: Educational
Completion Date: August 2008
Architect: Carpenter Sellers Associates
Building Location: 1125 Nevada State Dr., Henderson, NV 89002

Design Team:
Electrical Engineer: JBA Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Southwick Landscape Architecture
General Contractor: CORE Construction of Nevada
Structural Engineer: Martin & Associates
Civil Engineer: Lochsa Engineering
Interior Designer: Carpenter Sellers Associates
Photographer: Carpenter Sellers Associates
Lab consultant: Sears Gerbo

Project Description:
Type of Construction: Type V
Materials Used: masonry block, glass, weathered copper
Building Area: 42,000 sf

Statement of Design Approach:
We worked closely with the Nevada State Public Works Board and Nevada State College to design the new 42,000 sf Academic & Student Services Building. As this is the first and only building on the campus at this time, it was imperative that the spatial arrangement creates a campus within the building. The main public spaces act just like a campus; indoor and outdoor space flow seamlessly together and provide multiple nodes for study or social interaction.

The new building was oriented to maximize its north/south exposure and was designed to fit into the desert landscape to enhance the natural surroundings instead of competing with them. A summer patio on the north side of the building provides great views of the valley and a sheltered place to sit. The southern trios of faculty wings provide small and intimate courtyards and views with a relationship to outdoor study areas and future campus buildings. We took samples of dirt and rocks from the site and conducted extensive studies to choose a form that would sit gently on the site. Materials, exterior colors and forms were chosen to be a part of the setting, not compete with it.

This first building is comprised of classrooms, labs and faculty offices. A color palette of charcoal, terra cotta and wine is bold, unexpected and youthful. Concrete floors, slate and carpeting accent the bold color choices and compliment a light filled, 2-story lobby. To break up the long corridors, the ceiling vacillates between an open, wine painted space to a drop down ceiling with light colors. This adds an industrial flair that compliments the overall look and feel of the building. In addition to architecture and interior design, we also provided FFE selection.

Some of the goals for design:

  • maximize square footage
  • materials appropriate for site and climate
  • daylight classrooms and offices
  • hang out spaces
  • respond to desert
  • durable
  • building to set tone for future buildings
  • on time & budget
  • building as campus - outdoor and indoor spaces

Sustainable description:

  • Solar Orientation of Building maximizes North / South Exposure
  • Local Masonry Units
  • Steel and metal framing with high recycled content
  • Sun shades on south facing curtain wall
  • Low-E glass
  • Erosion and Sediment Control
  • Light Pollution Reduction
  • Water Efficient Landscaping
  • Independent Commissioning Authority
  • CFC Reduction
  • Daylighting and Views
  • Kimball Office Furniture (82.3% post-consumer & pre-consumer recycled content)
  • Shaw carpeting throughout (EcoWorx backing; 100% sustainable, non-PVC tile backing system and cradle to cradle product lifecycle).
  • LEEP Chairs (all task chairs in offices, cradle to cradle product certification. 98% recyclable by weight and made with up to 30% recycled content).
  • 3form (green guard indoor air quality certified).
  • 0.5gpf urinals to conserve water.
  • Premium efficiency motors to conserve energy.
  • Motion sensors in the classrooms and labs to conserve energy.
  • A facility wide lighting control system which is tied into the building energy management system.
  • Chillers and boilers with efficiencies exceeding the energy efficiency requirements of ASHRAE 90.1. CO2 control of the ventilation air flow rate to conserve energy.




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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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