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The Herbert

Awards Category

Commercial Architecture - Built

Project Summary

Located at the edge of Las Vegas' Arts District, "The Herbert" displays transformative power of renovation. This revitalized space now showcases a carefully curated mix of amenities, including an exterior shade canopy, a local restaurant, four distinct offices available for lease, and a captivating rooftop deck. Undergoing more than just a surface-level facelift, the building underwent structural modifications, an MEP overhaul, and insulation upgrades. Beyond its newfound aesthetic appeal, this project champions the ethos of repurposing older structures, not just for creative expression but also as a sustainability decision. In a city often enamored with the allure of the new, "The Herbert" defies convention by highlighting the inherent value in breathing new life into existing spaces. By opting for renovation over demolition, the project not only preserves the character of the Arts District but also aligns with a more environmentally conscious approach to urban development. "The Herbert" is not merely a renovated building; it's a living example of how thoughtful revitalization can redefine urban spaces, marrying aesthetics with functionality and sustainability.

Project Narrative

The Herbert" stands as a testament to adaptive reuse, a discreet yet impactful revitalization of a 7,790-square-foot structure at the crossroads of Main St. and Gass Avenue in Las Vegas. Originating as the Western Cab headquarters in 1985, the building, bearing the moniker of the developer's grandfather-in-law and the company's founder, underwent a comprehensive metamorphosis. This ambitious renovation is beyond cosmetic enhancements, and includes significant structural work. Stripped down to its bare exterior walls, the building underwent the replacement of roof trusses, an addition of enclosed egress stair, and the fortification of existing masonry with a steel-framed endoskeleton. Select segments of the façade were in-filled, while new openings were created in other areas to align with the new functional requirements. The infrastructure received a complete overhaul, with entirely new plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. Windows were replaced, and a new continuously insulated roof system, coupled with interior wall insulation, brought the building up to current energy code standards. A striking steel-framed, wood-clad canopy now envelops the public side of the building, offering shaded respite from the summer sun. Inside, the renovated space accommodates three ground-floor offices, each under 1,000 square feet, featuring hydraulic swing doors that seamlessly connect workspaces to the outdoors. The second floor unveils a spacious 2,600-square-foot open office with access to a rooftop deck boasting panoramic views of Fremont and the Arts District. Skylights generously infuse natural light into the second-floor offices, currently housing the City of Las Vegas Innovation Center, a hub fostering tech startups in launching their pilot programs. The northern "L" shape of the building now hosts a branch of the local restaurant chain, the Great Greek. Las Vegas, often criticized for its tendency to favor demolition over preservation, witnessed a departure from the norm with "The Herbert." The prevailing sentiment in the city leans towards quicker and more cost-effective demolition, making it a rarity for developers to invest in renovation projects. However, this project challenges the status quo by showcasing the environmental responsibility inherent in preserving existing structures. The embodied carbon footprint of demolishing an existing building far exceeds that of renovating an established structure. Beyond the short-term energy gains of new construction, older buildings contribute to a diverse urban fabric, irrespective of their historical significance. While "The Herbert" may not have started as anything extraordinary and presented challenges in its renovation journey, the end result transcends its humble origins. It emerges as a captivating addition to the Arts District, simultaneously underscoring the significance of sustainable construction practices by sparing one more building from an unceremonious fate in the landfill.

Sustainable Design & Materials

Project Stats

Square Feet


Green Building Designation(s)

Date of Completion

June 2021

Project Location

801 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA

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