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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2009 awards -> Metreon


Entry number: B09006
Project Name: Metreon
Building Type: Mixed Use
Completion Date: 2008
Building Location: Flamingo Road & Fort Apache, Las Vegas, NV
Type of Construction:
Type V-B
Materials Used: Steel, concrete, stucco, masonry, steel mesh, wood
Building Area: 139,612 sf (retail & office space only)

Design Team:
Architecture Firm: APTUS Architecture
Architect of Record: APTUS Architecture
Client/Owner/Developer: Kemmkor Commercial
Landscape Architect: Mayer Design Studio
Structural Engineer: Paul Kochler
Electrical Engineer: Wright Engineers
Mechanical Engineer:Wright Engineers
Civil Engineer: Wright Engineers
General Contractor: Breslin Builders
Photographer: APTUS Architecture
Designer: Ramon Hone Architecture Workshop
Life Safety: Flack & Kurtz

Statement of Design Approach:
The project site is located at the I-215 and Flamingo, an ideal location for a mixed use development. Our client for Metreon is also the developer and had determined they would require a phased approach design solution. The first phase embraced the need for an office component to the back of the property and the second phase introduced vertical as well as horizontal mixed use environments adjacent to the Flamingo Road entrance. Together we embraced a majority of the principals of livability by designing on a human scale, providing choices throughout the process, encouraging and implementing both vertical and horizontal mixed use development, establish a site identity along with maintaining the pre-established neighborhood identity, and recognizing that design matters.

Metreon is a mixed-use development consisting of four retail structures that accommodate a variety of shopping and dining venues, two of which have business office suites above and two residential mid-rises showcasing loft-style condominiums. Each mid-rise is made up of live-work units, 2-story lofts, and a penthouse which overlooks the Las Vegas Skyline and Red Rock Canyon. This development was designed to integrate with the existing office buildings on the north side of the property.

The development is designed to be a tactile, walkable, pedestrian friendly mixed use experience. Natural materials like wood, metal, plaster, and concrete are utilized throughout the development to create a warm atmosphere conducive to pedestrian activity. All retail spaces are located on the ground floors of each building to add life and activity to the street front. In addition, each building is designed to be unique, yet fitting within the overall aesthetic to add to the urban experience.

Nestled in between the retail and mixed use buildings are two mid-rise condominium buildings planned as a future phase. Three live-work units are located in each building. They are 2-story units with the work component located on the ground floor to engage the retail activities. Three 2-story loft units are located above the live-work units. Lastly, a penthouse unit is located on the top floor of each building. Amenities include large private balconies at each unit, private parking garages, secured building access, contemporary aesthetic, professional kitchens and a nearby athletics club.

Sustainable Description:
Metreon is a dense urban development situated along west Flamingo Road (a major arterial) near Interstate 215, and is a natural fit as a mixed-use retail, office, and residential center. The site is located on an existing bus route and provides an ample buffer from the busy street for pedestrians with landscaping and outdoor seating areas that greet walkers at both ends of the site. Generous sidewalk seating areas are provided throughout the site allowing businesses to maximize their building footprint, while minimizing heating and cooling costs. Many of the outdoor seating areas are also shaded with the use of overhangs and sunshades on the south side of the buildings. The design of the buildings includes minimal openings on the west walls while carefully placing, sizing, and providing shading devices on the windows for remaining facades in order to reduce heat gain. The exterior of the buildings are also clad or built with a variety of durable materials including exposed concrete block, cast-in-place concrete, corrugated and sheet steel left in their natural state to rust, exposed glulam beams, and smooth plaster, most of which is left unpainted in order to create a palette of industrial fi nishes. By using materials that did not require additional finishes or paint, the project was able to save money as well as on the amount of materials used overall.


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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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