Elementary School Gets LEED Makeover
The Clark County School District recently approved a new design for the replacement building of Tom Williams Elementary School. DCC architects developed a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) equivalent, two-story building to accommodate 21 percent more students into a site 40 percent smaller than the typical size. The new building measures 82,000 square feet and will accommodate 950 students on a site requiring five fewer acres than the current prototypical elementary school. The cost for construction of the new building is approximately $31 million. Construction is scheduled to begin June 2007 with a completion date of August 2008.
Center for Molecular Medicine Breaks Ground
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and its partners, the Nevada Cancer Institute and Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease, recently broke ground on the Center for Molecular Medicine. As the first research facility to be built at the school in more than 20 years, the Center for Molecular Medicine will house portions of the medical school’s basic science research departments in addition to the clinical and research operations of the two partner institutes. Portions of the microbiology, pharmacology and physiology departments will move into the 100,000-square-foot facility. The Center for Molecular Medicine, designed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini Design, will change the landscape of the medical school’s Reno campus. The project is scheduled to open its doors in 2009.
$135 Million Mixed-Use Project Planned for Downtown Las Vegas
Verge, a $135 million mixed-use, mid-rise condominium development, recently announced its future location will be in downtown Las Vegas, near Main Street and Bonanza Road. The urban-style community will consist of 296 residences with more than 300,000 square feet of residential living. Verge will offer studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom condos starting at $149,000. The first floor will consist of 34,000 square feet of commercial retail space. The project is slated to break ground this summer and is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008.
Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Applies for LEED
Lundahl and Associates, Architects, recently announced the firm’s latest design, the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) has applied for the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). TCES is a 45,000-square-foot laboratory and classroom building located at the Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. To date, only 16 new buildings in the world have achieved platinum status under the LEED program. Todd Lankenau, principal of Lundahl and Associates, said, “The building was designed as a teaching tool so that we can educate the general public, as well as students. We expect about 10,000 visitors a year to visit the Tahoe Center and learn more about sustainable design.”
Aliante Station Underway
Stations Casinos and American Nevada Co. recently broke ground on Aliante Station, a $600 million project to be built on 40 acres north of the Las Vegas Beltway. This is the first project in North Las Vegas for Station Casinos since Texas Station was opened in 1995 and the company’s 17th property in Southern Nevada. Aliante Station will have 202 hotel rooms, a 16-screen movie theater, six restaurants and has tentative plans for a bowling center and bingo room. The project is scheduled to open in late 2008.
New Mixed-Use Project in Downtown Reno Completed
Located in the newly redeveloped area of downtown Reno, 8 on Center was recently completed. The development is an urban loft living and working experience designed with green building concepts. It features two floor plans, each with two-car garages, private living space and a commercially-zoned work area with separate street entrance. The 1674 square-foot floor units start at $475,000. 8 on Center was developed by Kelly Rae and Jack Hawkins served as the architect.