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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2009 awards -> Fire Mesa Office Building


Entry number: B09002
Project Name: Fire Mesa Office Building
Building Type: Office Building
Building Location: 7150 Cascade Valley Ct. Las Vegas, NV
Type of Construction: Type V
Materials Used: Concrete, glass, steel, masonry
Building Area: 13,000 sf

Design Team:
Architecture Firm: Carpenter Sellers Associates
Architect of Record: Rick Sellers
Client/Owner/Developer: Fire Mesa, LLC
Interior Designer: Carpenter Sellers Associates
Landscape Architect: Sage Design Studio
Structural Engineer: Wright Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Wright Engineers
Mechanical Engineers: Wright Engineers
General Contractor: Core Construction of Nevada
Photographer: Carpenter Sellers Associates/Opulence Studio

Statement of Design Approach:
As a goal, the building strived to be simple and straight forward in its spatial organization, solar shading and massing, but have details and materials that declare coordination and collaboration between architect and contractor.

The client’s mission and imbedded characteristics are portrayed in their company logo by the color green and the core of a tree. These characteristics were used as inspiration and articulated by expressing: construction details, exposed materials, a healthy working environment, sustainable design concepts and blatant use of the color green. Since the client would be also the builder, the experience of translating concepts and ideas into construction methods and details became a very exciting process and journey for everyone.

As a result, we have designed a 13,000 s.f. single-story building that employed natural daylight and acoustical attenuation to all offices with increased fresh air exchanges and low VOC materials that are available locally. The site utilizes pervious concrete and is shaded by large trees and a photovoltaic car port canopy. The sustainable aspects of the project continually evolved until we had a project that is now targeting LEED Gold.

Building to be expressive of who they are; CORE values:

INTEGRITY of materials – design true to materials used
INNOVATION of Design – concrete-tilt wall, way think about home/office
SUSTAINABILTY – integration of sustainable aspects, passive and active
systems, site and building aspects, project targeting LEED Gold
CRAFTSMAN – intricacy of detailing, thoughtfulness of details, created by hand, expressive of details
TEAMWORK – collaborative effort of team, created excitement about design and materials, let the building be expressive of who they are

Sustainable Description:

· Oriented along the north/south axis
· Local materials
· Natural daylight
· Panelized roof system with clip ends
· Fresh air intake
· A/B light switches
· Low VOC paint
· Recycled & low VOC carpeting
· Recycled glass tile flooring
· Recycled blue jean insulation
· 15 kw photovoltaic array provides 15,000 watts of power (it is estimated that 15 – 20% of energy requirements at peak capacity will be provided by the sun)
· Photovoltaic array on top of car canopy provides shade for vehicles
· Sidewalk demolition provided the opportunity to crush concrete and use as landscape rocks
· Pervious concrete in the parking area to recharge ground water
· 125 sf recycling area in the break room
· Shower facilities



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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 10:50:05 PST