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Driving Tour #3: Summerlin & Springs Preserve
1. Household Credit Card Service Center 8. Rainbow Library
2. JMA Architecture Studios 9. Household Credit Card Service Center
3. Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies 10. Household Credit Card Service Center
4. Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Headquarters 11. Household Credit Card Service Center
5. Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center 12. Household Credit Card Service Center
6. Nevada Ballet Theater 13. Household Credit Card Service Center
7. Shadow Hills Baptist Church 14. Household Credit Card Service Center

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1. Household Credit Card Service Center
Architect(s): JMA Architecture Studios
Address: 1111 Town Center Drive
Year: 1998
Located within the Summerlin business center, the Household Credit Card Service Center stands out as being nicer than the average office building. Containing over 140,000 square feet of space, this massive building features an interior courtyard in the center, which is clearly denoted with a large, arched section of glass above the main entrance. The building is clad in sandstone panels, which make it stand out against the mountains to the west. Windows are either recessed or have shading devices to protect from the harsh desert sun. The building has been described as conveying a sense of civic importance within its master planned community.

 

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).

 

Household Credit Card Service Center

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2. JMA Architecture Studios
Architect(s): JMA Architecture Studios
Address: 10150 Covington Cross Dr.
Year: 1999
Belonging to one of the largest architectural firms in Las Vegas, this corporate headquarters was designed to reflect the modern design vernacular the firm has become associated with. The 17,500 square-foot facility features two open and large studio spaces, a gallery space to display projects, and a mezzanine level boardroom. The largest studio space features a north-facing window framing a beautiful view of the Sheep Mountains. Construction materials include masonry with plaster and sandstone accents, insulated glazing, and standing seam metal roof with exposed trusses. This project won a 2000 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Spotlight Award.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).




JMA Architecture Studios

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3. Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
Architect(s): JMA Architecture Studios
Address: 9501 Hillwood Dr.
Year: 1998
This 21,000 square-foot dental teaching facility is configured in a "Y" formation. The three legs of the building, each housing a different function, are connected by a two story, sky lit central lobby. The building contains a lecture hall, instructional laboratories, space for a private dental practice, and administrative offices. The exterior materials are cement plaster over CMU, sandstone, aluminum storefront, and tinted glazing. An amphitheater that can seat one hundred people is the focal point of the entrance courtyard space and is shielded from the street by a decorative wall.

 

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).


Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
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4. Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Headquarters
Architect(s): Marc LeMoine Architecture, LLC
Address: 1701 Village Center Dr.
Year: 2000
This 34,000 square-foot facility is located in the Summerlin master planned community. A subterranean parking garage is on the first level and a courtyard is directly above it. The office wings enclose two sides of the courtyard, which features trellis-covered walkways, desert landscaping, and seating. An entrance gazebo with stairs is located on the corner of the site to allow people access to the main level. The building's exterior, with its wide overhangs and horizontal elements, resembles prairie style architecture from the Midwest, which is where the client is from. The building is clad in sandstone, granite, slate, steel and glass, and fits nicely in its business park surroundings.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).

 




Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Headquarters

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5. Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center
Architect(s): RAFI
Address: 1771 Inner Circle Dr.
Year: 1994
The 40,000 square-foot Summerlin Library contains a 300-seat theater with full lighting and rigging capabilities to accommodate Broadway-style productions. The façade, with its beige tones and horizontal strata-like stripes, is supposed to reflect the geology and texture of the surrounding desert mountains. A large wall with cut outs for cars to pass through protrudes from the building to provide signage and to create a sense of arrival. The children's library features a series of aircraft and spacecraft models that were donated by the Howard Hughes Estate. This project won an AIA Nevada Design Award in 1994.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).



Summerlin Library and Performing Arts Center


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6. Nevada Ballet Theater
Architect(s): JMA Architecture Studios
Address: 1651 Inner Circle Dr.
Year: 1999
Located next to the Summerlin Library, the 35,000 square-foot facility serves as the main academic campus for the non-profit Nevada Ballet Theater. The site and building are both curvilinear in form and employ a wave theme, a metaphor for a dancing figure, that was integrated in different design elements. The south façade features large, wave-like windows that illuminate the dance studios. The lobby features a curved ceiling and a wave pattern on the tile floor. The glazing on the south façade is recessed to allow for sun protection. An axial breezeway connects the entry, courtyard, and lobby areas while separating the two main wings of the building.


Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).




Nevada Ballet Theater


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7. Shadow Hills Baptist Church
Architect(s): Swisher Hall Architects
Address: 7811 Vegas Dr.
Year: 2000
The contemporary styling of this 38,500 square-foot church features a desert-influenced color palette and large vertical shapes that form the altar. With a 1,750-person seating capacity, the Worship Center component of the Shadow Hills development features a theater-like experience with high-tech audio capabilities, visual and lighting elements, and projection screens. In addition to the Worship Center, a Fellowship Hall with a multi-purpose room, Administrative Building, and Preschool Building are all part of Phase I construction.

Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).



Shadow Hills Baptist Church

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8. Rainbow Library
Architect(s): HSA Architects, Inc.
Address: 3150 N. Buffalo Dr.
Year: 1996
The 25,000 square-foot Rainbow Library is one of the more unique-looking libraries in Clark County. The most obvious exterior element is the large cone that houses the front entrance, circulation desks, and a few offices. A skylight at the top of the cone provides natural light for the activities below. Pastel-colored wall panels are scattered in front of the main entrance and act as gateways into the library. The architects also used clerestory and north-facing windows to provide daylight throughout. In addition to gallery space and the typical library amenities, Rainbow Library features a large outdoor amphitheater with space for 25,000 people


Photo provided by Liz Fuentes (July 2003).

 

 



9. Desert Living Center and Gardens at the Springs Preserve
Architect(s): Lucchesi Galati
Address: 333S.Valley View Blvd.
Year: 2007
Desert inspiring, 5400 square foot Desert living center and 8 acre garden is located on the 180 acre Springs Preserve campus. The center consists of five main buildings and the garden act as catalyst to change individuals and communities �from being in the desert to being of the desert�. The DLC is inspired by sustainable techniques of ancient Indian tribes and also other creatures living in similar type of environments. This center functions as sustainable exhibit comprised of five main buildings and several small structures designed on different sustainable principles. DLC stands as an example of sustainable living in the desert by displaying various methods to adapt lifestyles to suite desert climate. This facility attained LEED Platinum Certification form the US. Green Building Council.


 

 



10. Waterworks Facility at the Springs Preserve
Architect(s): Lucchesi Galati
Address: 333S.Valley View Blvd.
Year: 2007
Waterworks is 24,000 square foot, 3- level concrete structure built to house multi-faceted utility and exhibit and it also includes 20 million gallon water reservoir. Waterworks is and operational utility serves to store water, educate visitors about the technology used to pump water and also the roof of reservoir is being used for the main parking of Springs Preserve. Waterworks is build with poured concrete to absorb the vibrations of the pumping machinery. Screen walls are made out of integral colored concrete poured in levels to imitate the strata of the mountains surrounding Las Vegas. Stairs, railings, and shade structures were pre-weathered to continue the rustic look of the building. Waterworks is built taking many sustainable elements into consideration so as to suite to the desert climate.


 

 



11. Orientation Plaza at the Springs Preserve
Architect(s): Lucchesi Galati
Address: 333S.Valley View Blvd.
Year: 2007
plaza is an open air gathering space which guides visitors to the beginning of the Springs Preserve experience. �This Plaza prepares visitors for an enlightening experience�. This is a central gathering entry for visitors which also has loading zones for buses, concrete bleachers for orientations and signs for visitors to know the purpose of the campus, expectations and schedule of daily events happening in the Springs Preserve facility.


 

 



12. Springs Preserve Visitor Center (Origen)
Architect(s): Tate Snyder Kimsey
Address: 333 S.Valley View Blvd.
Year: 2007
Las Vegas Springs Preserve is an archaeological preserved heritage site and also known as birth place of Las Vegas. "The Origen" is visitor center of the Springs Preserve comprises of two buildings, each of them have different visitor amenities. The First one is an exhibit building holds the natural water spring in the rotunda surrounded by three galleries and a theater. The next building contains shop of souvenirs and books in the first floor and caf� with large exterior balcony overlooking the entire site on the second. The site also holds outdoor activities like exhibit/ interpretive zones, desert gardens, amphitheater, walking trails and children�s play area. Along with other structures of Springs Preserve this center is also designed with green criteria and stands as good example for sustainability in desert climates.



 

 



13. CCSN Health Services & Nursing Building
Architect(s): JMA Architects
Address: 6375 W. Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas NV
Year: 2007
This health science building is 85,400sq.ft structure building on West Charleston Campus of CCSN. This building is designed with the standard green architecture and energy efficient strategies that suit Vegas climate. Materials are carefully chosen to match the shades with the local desert color pallet and also to maintain unanimity. A covered walkway connects the buildings to the plaza establishes a sense of community. Hierarchy of public outdoor and indoor space renders a different identity to the building.


 

 



14. Desert Shores Community
Architect(s): J.W. Zunino & Associates
Address: 2500 Regatta Dr. Las Vegas, NV
Year: Merit Award 2007




 



Prepared May, 2003 by Liz Fuentes, UNLV School of Architecture Graduate Student




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