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Roy Martin Middle School

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Location:
200 N. 28th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Type(s):
Subtype(s):
Purpose(s): Renovation
Completed: 2008-08
Size (sq. ft.): 167200
Firm(s):
Architect(s):
Owners: Client/Owner/Developer: CCSN
Owner: Clark County School District
Contractors: Landscape Architect(s): Hill Clark and Associates
Structural Engineer(s): Mendenhall Smith
Electrical Engineer(s): TJ KROB
Civil Engineer(s): Nevada by Design
Architectural Elements: Roy Martin Middle School will be the fires built multi-story prototype middle school for Clark County School District. In this particular case it is a replacement school for the old Roy Martin Middle School of which a portion burned in a fire set by arsons two years ago. As a prototype, the project had to be designed for a multitude of site restrictions; slope, orientation, street locations, views etc. during the design of the prototype; without knowing each of these parameters the building had to be flexible. The primary focus of Roy Martin Middle School is the kids. Therefore it was decided that sustainability practices should be in ways that would help the children learn and at the same time become more aware of the importance of sustainability and the environment. With a limited budget, the design team began the design by investigating what sustainable concepts could be implemented that would help in the everyday learning environment and ranking them in order of most important/ economical to least important/economical. The first and most important aspect of the project was to design a building that focused on solar orientation. The design team developed a scheme that allows natural light into every classroom for 60% of the day without the need for artificial lighting. This was accomplished be developing a floor plan that could be oriented the same direction on any type of site, no matter the site. The only restriction was that the site had to be a 10 acre square site minimum. Due to the minimum site size required to accommodate the new prototype school the design team was able to place the new school on the existing playground. Existing boulders found on the sire are being used as retaining walls along e perimeter of the site. Other standard design practices are being implemented; the use of recycled material, low VOC content in materials, efficient hvac systems etc.
Description: Roy Martin is a middle school located near the famous Fremont Street in Las Vegas. Originally built in 1964, and has become an activity hub for the neighborhood. In 2004 the school fell victim to arson as the gymnasium was destroyed along with portions of the school being heavily damaged.

This project is a replacement for the now partially destroyed school. The new school will attempt to replace the building that housed the activity core and excitement of the neighborhood with simple yet dramatic gestures that reflect the diversity and creativity of this community. A central courtyard will act as the school hub focusing all school energy to this area while the use of daylight in classrooms will dramatically affect the form making of the buildings. The dynamic forms, the larger than life signage and welcoming atmosphere all reflect the pride of place that both students and teachers have for their "community hub"-the impetus of this design.
Extra Note: AIA Nevada Design Awards (2006) Entry No. UB06002, 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. UB07066, 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

2008 AIA Las Vegas “Unbuilt Las Vegas”.