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Inspirada Master-Planned Community

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Henderson, NV 89044
Style: New Urbanist
Other Size Measure: 2,000-acre
11,000 Homes
300 Acres of Recreational Land
20+ Miles of Trails
  • Lucchesi Galati Architects (Architect and Interior Designer for Inspirada Phase I, Neighborhood Park "A" and Inspirada Information Center at Tower Center and Inspirada Information Center at Tower Center)
Contractors: Civil Engineer: Wright Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Wright Engineers
General Contractor: The Korte Company
Structural Engineer: Wright Engineers
Architectural Elements: The design team worked together to design and construct the buildings and park to be LEED-NC 2.2 Silver Certifiable. A few of the sustainable design features and strategies are: Site * Parking has been minimized and designed below code * Minimized heat island (roof) by a single-ply white membrane * Shower and changing rooms on site for employees, bicycle storage on site * Permeable pavers at central area and around buildings * Water retention directed to bio-swales to supplement irrigation to trees and recharge ground water * Captured water from storm water directed to planting area or sub grade trench drain * Shaded 50% of paving to reduce heat island * Site furniture and equipment has high recycled content * Rock and gravel materials obtained regionally * Provided space for storage and pick up of recycling Water * Drought tolerant vegetation * Water-free urinals, dual-flush toilets (tank), dual-flash valves (wall hung) * Low flow shower faucets, eco-power sensor faucets Energy * No cfc based refrigerants, community center exceeded IECC 2003 by 35% * R-19 wall insulation and R-38 Roof Insulation * Dual-pane, thermally broken, low-e high-performance windows * Occupancy sensors and photo-cells in 90% of the rooms, energy star appliances, 13 STEER RTUs * High-efficiency and low energy use hand dryers, high-efficiency water heaters (94% thermal efficiency) Materials and Resources * Metal roof is 100% recyclable post service and has a high post-industrial recycled content * Structural steel has high-recycled content, high recycled content lay-in acoustical ceilings * Engineered wood TJIs and paralms * Recycled plastic lockers and partitions, required construction waste recycling * 17% fly ash used in bldg. foundation/footings, 40% fly ash used in shade structure footings * 25% recycled content in fiberglass insulation, simulated stone manufactured within 500 miles Indoor Environmental and Air Quality * Non-smoking facilities, low- or no-VOCs in the paints/stains and sealants, zero VOC carpet adhesive * Shading devices at south windows and over entries * Natural day lighting in all spaces regularly occupied and with views to outdoors * Urea-formaldehyde free fiberglass insulation, polyiso rigid insulation (HCFC- and CFC-free) * IAQ management plan during construction, two-week flush-out before occupancy Inspirada Information Center at Tower Center: The Information Center at Town Center has been conceptually designed to meet LEED for New Construction 2.2 Certification. Moreover, the owners have stated their desire to meet the LEED Certification. Although the design team's approach is to exceed LEED Certification and strive for a more "Living Building." Many sustainable attributes and strategies are yet to be integrated into the project since the project is only at a conceptual stage; however, a few of the main approaches and strategies are: * On site grey- and blackwater solar aquatic waste systems (living machine) * Low water use landscaping * Pervious paving at plaza area and walkways * Design for a long life and loose fit through building and interior space flexibility and adaptation * Use of regional and or local building materials * Rammed earth construction of structural east and west walls * Recycled metal panels at building skin * Regionally manufactured glazing systems * High volume flyash (40-50%) concrete for use in concrete footings, foundation, etc. * Minimize finishes though exposed finish concrete and open ceilings * Radiant heating and cooling in floors and ceiling to reduce energy consumption by 40-60% * Large roof overhangs and deep set windows for solar control * Desert roof garden for thermal control and to be used as a functional roof garden * Low flow/dual-flush fixtures and water-free urinals * Cool tower for cooling both interior and exterior spaces during high summer dry temperatures integrated with elevator, yet separate space * Cool roof - metal roof * Educational signage through interpretation about the sustainable strategies Overall, the sustainable design intent of this project is to strive to design, build and operate a sustainable building that consumes less energy and water, provides a healthy indoor environment, and educates the public on the values of sustainable building and lifestyles.
Description: When Complete it will be one of the largest master-planned communities of its kind in the nation containing Seven Villages.

Inspirada Phase I, Neighborhood Park "A"
Located in the southern foothills of the Las Vegas Valley, Inspirada will be nearly a 2,000-acre town unto itself where neighborhoods are centered around public parks and gathering spaces. The community is designed as a collection of seven intimate villages. Each village is centered on a neighborhood park, so every resident is within walking distance of the community’s recreational amenities. And because it is a city of narrow streets without walls separating neighborhoods, Inspirada invokes an old city charm, with kids walking to the park, and neighbors visiting in comfortable, shaded public spaces, which will create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly environment.
Inspirada is Nevada’s first community incorporating a New Urbanism planning concept placing emphasis on pedestrian and connectivity between residential, commercial and public open spaces along with a wide variety of unique traditional neighborhood designs. A few of the New Urbanism approaches are:

* A pedestrian oriented design
* Connectivity between and integration of residential, commercial and public open space
* Intimate neighborhoods with community gathering places
* Integration of the natural environment and open space
* Create environmentally sustainable communities by reducing the need for automobiles
* Connection by a series of bicycle paths, lit walking trails, tree-lined boulevards, and natural open spaces

This project is based on developing a five-acre park to both embrace the crossroads of Village I, which is approximately 177 acres, and act as a link between the development’s linear pedestrian paths. Moreover, the park acts as a community gathering space for Village I where residents engage a community center, retail and restaurant venues. A cool tower was designed to assist in bringing passive cooling near the central space shade structure as well as to provide comfort around the retail area during hot summer seasons. Additionally, the cool tower acts as a modern-day, functional community “bell tower” at the center of the park to draw the community to the “town center” when many events take place throughout the year. The central area of the park acts as a crossroads for the community, and a circulation theme based on a strong diagonal promenade intersects the large central plaza, with many smaller walks along the park exterior to tie in with surrounding neighborhoods. Emphasis was placed on creating many different outdoor spaces to encourage a full-range of active and passive activities, and dense canopy trees were planted for shading walkways and seating areas.

Inspirada Information Center at Tower Center:
The Inspirada community is located in the southern part of the Las Vegas valley and will be a 2,000-acre development. The community is designed as a collection of seven intimate villages and a 300-acre Town Center, which will be central to all seven villages. Each village is centered on a neighborhood park, so every resident is within walking distance of the community's recreational amenities. At the heart of Inspirada will be a vibrant town center planned for restaurants, cafes, retail shops, and entertainment venues. Some of the characteristics in town center included:

* Places to work, shop, play and attend school will be integrated into the community within walking distance of residences
* 22 miles of trail systems for walking and bicycling, and land outside of the community is preserved for open space
* A physical layout designed around the natural terrain

The Inspirada Information Center at Town Center is the gateway to the 300-acre urban core. It is designed to be an information center for the Inspirada community, a community art gallery and provide retail and restaurant lease space. Two of the important strategies for designing the building and interior spaces were to be flexible and adaptive. The owner plans to use the building and park for many uses and be a community resource in the future.
The building will be constructed of rammed earth, panelized cor-ten metal panels, metal roof, a desert roof garden, and north and south glazing for daylighting. The information center space of the building is located on the second floor to provide views in all directions for visual connection to the community. The north side of the building has a constructed wetland to meet all the needs of the building's greywater and blackwater and provide recycled irrigation water to part of the site's demonstration garden. The park is designed to be passive, flexible and provide for community events, concerts and activities such as a farmer's market.
A few of the information center attributes include:

* A place for interpretation of the community, education, information, art, and for demonstration
* A place for whole community to engage, and to be a part of a bigger place
* Create opportunities for social interaction

Place as "landmark" and entry into Town Center
Extra Note: AIA Nevada Design Awards (2007) Entry No. B07020, 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. UB07037, 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 News - May 2007.” Southwest Contractor. May 2007. [Online]. Available: <>. Accessed: May 8, 2007.