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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2009 awards -> Nevada State College Liberal Arts & Sciences Building


Entry number: B09019
Project Name: Nevada State College Liberal Arts & Sciences Building
Building Type: Educational
Completion Date: August 2008
Building Location: 1125 Nevada State Dr., Henderson, NV
Type of Construction: Type V
Materials Used: Masonry block, glass, weathered copper
Building Area: 42,000 sf

Design Team:
Architecture Firm: Carpenter Sellers Architects
Architect of Record: Michael Del Gatto
State of Nevada Public Works Board/ Nevada State College
Interior Designer: Carpenter Sellers Architects
Landscape Architect: Southwick Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: JA Martin & Associates
Electrical Engineer: JBA Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: JBA Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: Lochsa Engineering
General Contractor: Core Constuction of Nevada
Photographer: Carpenter Sellers Architects/Opulence Studios

Statement of Design Approach:
We worked closely with the Nevada state Public Works Boards and Nevada State College to design the new 42,000 sf Liberal Arts & Science Building. As this is the first and only building on campus at this time. It was imperative that the spatial arrangement create a campus within the building.The main public spaces acts just like a campus; indoor and outdoor space flows 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 in the north side of the building provides great views of the valley and a sheltered place to sit. The southern trio of faculty wings provide small and intimate courtyards and views with a relationship to outdoors 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 chooses to be a part of the setting, not complete 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 and open, wine painted space to a drop down ceiling with light colors. This adds and industrial flair that compliments the overall look and feel of the building. In addition to architecture and interior design, we also FFE selection.

Some of the goals for design:

  • Maximize square footage.
  • Daylight classrooms and offices.
  • Respond to desert.
  • Building to set tone for the future buildings.
  • Buildings as campus – outdoor and indoor spaces.
  • 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.
  • Daylight and Views.
  • Kimball Office Furniture (82.3% post-consumer & pre-consumer recycled content).
  • Shaw carpeting throughout (ecoWorx backing :100% sustinable, non–pvc tile backing.
  • LEEP Chairs (all task chairs in offices, cradle to cradle product certification. 98% recyclable by weight and made and made with up to 30% recycled content.
  • 3form (green guard indoor air quality certified).
  • 0.5 gpf urinals to conserve energy.
  • Motion sensors in the classrooms and labs to conserve energy.
  • A facility wide lighting control systems which is tied into 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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