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Driving tour #8a: Green Valley & Henderson, west of US 95
1. Green Valley Library
2. Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects Design Studio & Addition
3. St. Thomas More Catholic Community Church
4. Green Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
5. Henderson Pavilion
6. Henderson Multigenerational Center/Aquatic Complex
7. Paseo Verde Library
8. The District I Street Conversion Project
9. Legarza Residence
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1. Green Valley Library
Architect(s): Barbara Flammang
Address: 2797 N. Green Valley Pkwy.
Year: 1989

The floor plan of this 22,500 square-foot library features five axes radiating from the central rotunda where the circulation desk is located. The three major spokes house the library's main book collections. There are small details found throughout the exterior and interior that make the building interesting. Some of the window details, especially on the north façade, are reminiscent of those found in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's. White and dark green tile accents are found throughout the exterior facades. The library is integrated nicely within the site thanks to the landscaping, various pavement treatments, and public art.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).

 

Green Valley Library

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2. Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects Design Studio & Addition
Architect(s): Tate & Snyder (now Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects)
Address: 709 Valle Verde Ct.
Year: 1994, 1998

The 11,000 square-foot office of Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects is distinctive for its use of materials, color, and passive solar heating/cooling strategies. Built into the landscape, the building features a mezzanine level with a reception area and private offices and a large design studio on the lower level. The south fa´┐Żade is almost entirely glazed and is protected from the harsh summer sun by a roof overhang and series of light shelves. When architects have the freedom to design their own office buildings, the final products are usually worth noticing and the TSK Studio doesn't disappoint. This building has won three AIA Nevada Design Awards in the years 1997, 1996, and 1993.

 

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).




Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects Design Studio & Addition

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3. St. Thomas More Catholic Community Church
Architect(s): KGA Architecture
Address: 130 N. Pecos Rd.
Year: 1996

The design inspiration for this 25,085 square-foot building was the Trinity, apparent in the equilateral triangular organization of the main spaces and bell tower footprint. One of the more interesting exterior elements is the bell tower, which has a triangular footprint and features deep reveals in the shape of a cross. Cleverly, the hollow bell tower serves an additional purpose by providing storage space. The triangular geometries are carried into the interior design of the church with the only orthogonal elements being the confessionals. Skylights, stained glass, and natural light radiating from behind the cross above the altar were all strategically utilized to create a dramatic, spiritual atmosphere.

 

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).



St. Thomas More Catholic Community Church

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4. Green Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
Architect(s): Dekker Perich Holmes Sabatini
Address: 1798 Wigwam Pkwy.
Year: 1998

The Sanctuary is the second phase of a three-phase project which already includes a multipurpose building and will eventually include a classroom building. The site is long and narrow and on top of a hill. The challenge was to create a narrow space capable of seating 500 people while still being warm, inviting, and light-filled. The roofline was purposely shaped to not obstruct the views of the neighboring residences. During the evening, the clerestories allow the church to glow from the inside, resembling a "beacon" to the outside world. The most dramatic interior features are the stained heavy timber trusses over the main worship space.

 

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).

 

 

 




Green Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

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5. Henderson Pavilion
Architect(s): Anderson Mason Dale Architects
(Denver, CO)
Address: 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy.
Year: 1998

This new state-of-the-art outdoor pavilion is Nevada's largest venue of its kind for the performing and visual arts. With 2,500 fixed seats and room for thousands more on the hill above, the pavilion can host a variety of events and accommodate decent crowds. The 40,000 square-foot white canopy that covers the fixed seats can be seen miles away from around the valley, helping make the Pavilion an identifiable landmark. The Pavilion is part of the Liberty Pointe complex, which includes the Paseo Verde Library, Multigenerational Center & Aquatic Complex, and a police substation.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).



Henderson Pavilion

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6. Henderson Multigenerational Center/Aquatic
Complex

Architect(s): Dekker Perich Holmes Sabatini
Address: 250 S. Green Valley Pkwy.
Year: 2002


The new 84,120 square-foot recreational center features numerous amenities like an art gallery, classrooms, a computer lab, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, activity rooms, a game room, administrative offices, and an elevated jogging track. Resting on a sloped site, the main entrance on the south façade is actually the second floor while the ground floor faces a fantastic view of the city. Colorful hues accent parts of the building to give it more interest than textured and smooth CMU can provide. The complex looks mammoth from the north but more approachable and inviting from the south.



Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).




Henderson Multigenerational Center/Aquatic


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7. Paseo Verde Library
Architect(s): Dekker Perich Holmes Sabatini
Address: 280 S. Green Valley Pkwy.
Year: 2002

The first full service library built in Henderson since the mid-1980s, the Paseo Verde Library contains over 42,000 square feet of space for collections, administrative offices, and even a cafe. The client wanted the building to have a human scale and to be warm and welcoming. In order to be respectful to the neighboring residential community, the building was placed on the north end of the site and designed with a low roof to still allow views of the valley. The design of the skylights is intentionally similar to the vent stacks of Henderson's Timet plant to reference the city's history and context. This project won a 2003 AIA Nevada Honor award in the Built category.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).





Paseo Verde Library
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8. The District I Street Conversion Project
Landscape Architect(s): Southwick Landscape Architects
Address: 2240 Village Walk Dr
Year: Honor Award 2005

The District is an urban and charming, convenient and eclectic mixed used environment with swirl of colors and flavors to enjoy. The street is provided with red flagstone faced low seating, decorative iron fencing and lush planters to give the feel of main street and also serves to reduce the fatigue of weary shoppers. The performance area is enhanced by the use of steel trellis , seat walls, lights and speakers. Many young and elderly along with their pets mender in the street to experience the soothing music making this street, the heart of this beautiful community.

 

 

District Conversion Project

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9. Legarza Residence
Lanscape Architect(s): Southwick Landscape Architects
Address: 3725 Caesar's Circle, Las Vegas, NV
Year: Honor Award 2005 NASLA

This project creates a cohesive interplay between the indoor and outdoor spaces of a private residence with the landscape design. The use of lush plant material, stained concrete, stacked stone planter walls proved a rich sensory experience in the yard. The central gathering space consists of fireplace, pool spa and sunken barbeque area. A tall hedge of trees separates the sports court while side yard holds herb garden and also ripening vineyard. Desert tolerant landscape material used in the front yard creates a sense of place among the residential community and in the Valley. Welcoming arrangement is made at the door by providing small seating area with fragrant, colorful roses and pots overflowing with green.

 

 

Legarza Residence

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Sources:
Anderton, Frances, and John Chase. Las Vegas:A Guide to Recent Architecture. London: Ellipsis London Limited, 1997.
Las Vegas American Institute of Architects Design Awards Archives
Nicoletta, Julie. Buildings of Nevada. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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Tour pamphlets prepared May, 2003 by Liz Fuentes, UNLV School of Architecture Graduate Student
Revised 6/04 by Ernie Podaca, UNLV School of Architecture Graduate Student

 





Monday, 17-Dec-2012 10:50:35 PST
District I Street Conversion Project Legarza Residence Green Valley Library Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects Design Studio & Addition St. Thomas More Catholic Community Church Green Valley Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Henderson Pavilion Henderson Multigenerational Center/Aquatic Complex Paseo Verde Library