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Unbuilt Architecture

Project Summary

Strada is a Class A Professional Office Building development on one of the last remaining undeveloped sites along the already booming southwest corner of the 215 Bruce Woodbury Beltway. The development is comprised of a two-story north building and a three-story south building elevated above a secured parking garage on the first level that adds a combined 50,000 sf of Class A Professional Office space to the Las Vegas Valley's market. The north building provides views of Mt. Charleston to the northwest, Glass Peak to the north, and the Las Vegas Strip Northeast, and the south building provides views of Potosi Mountain to the southwest and Black Mountain to the southeast. This development is nestled between the newly constructed “UnCommons” mixed-use development to the west and the newly built Narrative Class A Professional Office Building to the East. The addition of this Class A Professional Office Building offering makes this 2.41-acre site a highly sought-after, high-profile development in Southwest Las Vegas. The project is scheduled to be constructed and open in Q4 2024.

Project Narrative

The design of Strada was achieved through a comprehensive analysis of the context in which the development sits. Careful consideration of the regional climate and adjacent developments was taken in the arrangement of the program, form, and materials chosen to ensure a cohesive development within its surroundings. Sustainable design strategies were utilized at each stage of the design process and the forms developed respond to the adjacent context with respect to them. The program of Strada consisted of 50,000 sf of office space on a 2.41-acre site. Unfortunately, this amount of area meant that the required parking would engulf most of the site leaving little space for a building. To push the limits and yield the highest and best use of the site, the office program area was elevated above and a secure parking garage beneath was created. When evaluating the design approach to the office program area above, it was determined to split the program area into two masses and slightly angle the south building to widen the gap between the two forms and expand the views to the west from the east adjacent existing office building. This also allowed the form to be shallowed letting natural daylight deeper into the new program areas. The space in between the two masses became a space for a garden area where biophilic interaction could occur thus enhancing the quality of life for the occupants. The client desired large expenses of uninterrupted views to the north and south, however, large expenses of glass in our climate is challenging. To address this, only the north façade and south façade would have larger expanses of glazing, with the southern exposed glazing being protected by perforated metal shades to diffuse sunlight and reduce thermal transmission. The remaining fenestration is then narrowed and recessed to allow for additional shading. Each level of the building was then separated by a ventilated band to allow for natural cross-ventilation of the interior space. Lastly, in considering the adjacent mixed-use development to the west and the need for egress from the podium between the buildings to the ground level, the podium was swept back and a series of steps integrated with seating areas sheltered by vegetation to shield from western exposure was created. This eased the otherwise blunt edge of a more vertical podium form. Strada successfully integrates within the context, creates a space in harmony with its surroundings, and enhances the quality of the occupant's lives while reducing the impact it has on the environment.

Sustainable Design & Materials

The sustainable design approaches and material selections for Strada began first with considerations of the regional climate and how the orientation of the forms could take advantage of sun, wind, and light. Staring at the ground level, natural cross ventilation, carbon capture, and the use of thermally absorbent materials removed the need for mechanical ventilation. Above the garage, the building mass was split into two parts. Doing this allowed for increased the ability to daylight more of the interior spaces, increased apertures for cross ventilation, and exposed thermal masses for radian heating in cooler months. The south façade utilizes solar shading at exposed glazed areas, and the remaining facades utilize a thermally broken cementitious material cladding over a rain-screen wall system that when combined reduces the movement of hot and cold air and thermal movement through the wall and manages the entry of solar heat and light to provide a thermally and visually comfortable space. These materials are locally sourced and fabricated to reduce energy demands further.

Project Stats

Square Feet


Green Building Designation(s)

Date of Completion

Q4 2024

Project Location

Gagnier Blvd + Roy Horn Way

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