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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2009 awards -> Northwest Career and Technical Academy


Entry number: B09033
Project Name: Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Building Type: Educational
Completion Date: September 2008
Building Location: 8200 W. Tropical Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV
Type of Construction:
Type II-B
Materials Used: Tilt-up concrete, steel framing, metal panels
Building Area: 210,000 sf

Design Team:
Architecture Firm: SH Architecture
Architect of Record: SH Architecture, Curt Carlson
Clark County School District
Landscape Architect: Southwick Landscape Architects
Structural Engineer: Mendenhall Smith Engineers
Electrical Engineer: MSA Engineering Consultants
Mechanical Engineer: MSA Engineering Consultants
Civil Engineer: Taney Engineering
General Contractor: Sletten Construction
Photographer: Peter Malinowski – In Site Architectural Photography

Statement of Design Approach:
The school’s unique design will integrate core academics into each industry specific technical academy. To create a high performance building, which in turn will incubate high performance students, sustainable building technologies such as daylighting, reduced energy usage, and use of natural materials are essential to the building design. The Career and Technical Academy incorporates renewable resources including daylighting and geothermal heating and cooling. The school will use 30% less power than other schools of this size.

Designed using a truly collaborative, consensus-building process, the visioning team for the Clark County School District Career & Technical Academy includes more than 40 educators and CCSD leaders, as well as business industry partners for each of the six academies, providing insight into realistic curriculum requirements. These industry partnerships will continue once the school is open, through programmed student work experiences and guest lectures. The school’s unique design will integrate core academics into each industry specific technical academy. The school will use 30% less power than other schools of this size. The school’s 9,100 SF library and support space was designed with controlled natural lighting and acoustics, and will address the needs of both students and staff. The State-of-the-Art library will have wireless internet connectivity and multimedia equipment, individual and group workspaces, presentation spaces, and a staff workroom. The Hospitality Academy was designed to duplicate a full-service commercial kitchen and banquet hall. The 6,300 SF banquet hall is supported by a 6,000 SF commercial kitchen and bakery. In addition to serving as a banquet room, the hall is equipped for presentations and for large-group training sessions. An adjacent coffee shop and outdoor café seating give students experience beyond traditional restaurant service.

Sustainable Description:
Human Scale - The 30 acre campus designed as a professional office campus with courtyards and student activity spaces.
Mixed-Use - The campus was designed in conjunction with the surrounding neighborhoods to provide access to retail centers to the east and a future public park to the west.
Preserve Urban Centers - The facility fully conforms with the City’s master plan and required NO zone changes, CUP’s or special development provisions.
Vary Transportation - The facility is on a major transportation corridor with public transportation. Bicycling and a district bus program provide additional transportation.
Vibrant Public Spaces - The campus features a public exercise trail system. The building is designed to be used after hours for public events.
Create Identity - Schools have historically been a means of identity for communities.
Protect Resources - LEED Certified, Ground source geo-thermal heat pump heating and cooling system, recycled rock for sub base, occupancy and daylight sensors, recycled interior and exterior building components and xeriscape landscaping for water reduction.
Design Matters - Designing a school as a good neighbor.



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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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