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Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, Phase III-B (High School & Gym)

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Location:
Las Vegas, NV
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Purpose(s): Addition
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Owners: Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation
Contractors: Interior designer: CSA with Colours
Landscape architect: Lifescapes Intl.
Structural engineer: Martin and Associates
Electrical engineer: TJ Knob
Civil engineer: Civil Works
General contractor: Sletton Construction
Others on the design team: Innovative Design
Architectural Elements: The original elementary building designed by another architect did not incorporate daylight into the design of its classrooms. We were challenged to instruct the foundation on the importance of daylight in the classroom setting, the benefit of providing natural daylight instead of artificial light and the long term benefit (to the student and the cost to run the facility) vs. addition cost up front over the life of the school. By utilizing the Standard Energy Design Guidelines for High Performance Schools we provided a daylighting analysis and DOE2 building analysis to show how providing natural light in the classroom coupled with light monitors could positively impact learning and provide an efficient and sustainable means of light over the life of their systems. The specialty consultant and the architect worked closely to ensure proper window size and orientation to optimize daylighting and mechanical needs. The day lit spaces should provide enough light to totally eliminate artificial light 65% of the time during the school year. The sun’s direct rays are controlled by overhangs, motorized blinds and interior baffles. The buildings are oriented on the east/west axis with deep recessed windows and entries to respond to our desert environment.
Description: The matriculation process from K-12 is represented by the placement of structures on the site, and the sophistication of materials, detailing and scale of buildings. The linear path allows students to see where they are going and where they have been. Although the High School, existing Middle School, Gymnasium and existing Multipurpose Building are all actually connected as one building; the exterior design of each allows each “building” and the functions within the building to be identifiable as separate structures. This serves several purposes. First, it allows the different “buildings” to create a campus experience and provide students with something more than a monotonous feel. Second, it provides fundraising opportunities for the AACF to name buildings and their component parts after donors. In the end, there are eight identifiable “buildings”.

During the design process on the High School the architects proposed creating a tradition at the school that could be augmented by the architectural design. The AACF requested at third level roof garden that would provide unobstructed views of the City of Las Vegas. This roof garden would serve several purposes. The first was to provide a location to entertain donors. The second was to provide students with a special space to hold an outdoor class. The unfortunate truth is many of the students in the neighborhood the school serves have not had the opportunity to travel outside of their own neighborhood. The architects also proposed a third purpose…….

The architect’s proposed a bridge from the roof deck to a smaller roof deck that spanned over the High School Quad below that will serve as the commencement bridge. The rule would be that you would not be able to cross the bridge until graduation. Students from all grade levels would be summoned to walk to the High School Quad for an on campus celebration to watch as each graduate walked across the commencement bridge and placed a decal of the name of college they planned to attend on the glass guardrails of the bridge. It is here that the architects wished to express that the students’ journey does not end at Agassi Prep, the journey continues.
Award(s) Won:
Extra Note: AIA Nevada Design Awards (2006) Entry No. UB06006, Submission.
UNLV Architecture Studies Library holds: Form Core Boards, Project Identification Form, Photo Release Form, Intern Compensation Disclaimer Form, Project Entry Form, Exteriors Photos, Site Plan, Floor Plans, Interior Photos and CD

AIA Nevada Design Awards (2007) Entry No. B07046, Submission.
UNLV Architecture Studies Library holds: Form Core Boards, Project Identification Form, Photo Release Form, Intern Compensation Disclaimer Form, Project Entry Form, Exteriors Photos, Site Plan, Floor Plans, Interior Photos and CD

"Nevada Best of 2007: Andre Agassi High School and Gym." Southwest Contractor. December 2007: 88.

"On the Boards: Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, Phase 3-D." Architecture Las Vegas. 2006, 100.
Spatially Direct Parent: Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy
Spatially Largest Parent: Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy