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The Westside Education & Training Center is part of the City of Las Vegas Historic Westside Community “Hundred” Plan which has the following vision: “The Historic Westside Community will be a thriving district of African American culture in Las Vegas. It will be a unique place where the world will come together to live, work, visit and play, through the development of housing, local business, jobs, education hospitality, and cultural pride.” The Education and Training Center is a partnership with the City of Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada located in Ward 5, at the corner of D Street and Jefferson, adjacent to the Historic Westside School. The approximately 16,000 square-foot facility will provide education and job training in various trades and technology and include an employment center, a business center to support entrepreneurs and individuals in their job search, and wrap-around services to ensure diverse access to job opportunity. Programming includes a healthcare laboratory, classrooms, computer lab, and offices as well as vocational classrooms for manufacturing, construction, and welding. The site layout includes parking for the project, pad for a future incubator space, outdoor plaza, and pedestrian connection to the Historic Westside School.
Embodying the character of the Westside community is critical to the project which creates moments to communicate its identity including a mural at the building entry which is planned to be executed by a local artist. Continuing at the corner of D Street and Jefferson Avenue, opportunities for a public art piece and information regarding the rerouted Pioneer Trail along D street provide additional opportunities for ensuring the project represents the Westside community. A gate further along D street that reflects the aesthetic of the Historic Westside School gate opens onto a plaza that becomes a landscaped, outdoor space for community-based events, creating a gathering space for the neighborhood. These elements enliven the corner of D Street and Jefferson Avenue providing space to celebrate the Westside and promote the HUNDRED Plan’s goals for the community and placemaking. Through its site development, the project connects to the recently renovated Historic Westside School creating a pedestrian, tree-lined corridor while contextual forms and materials create a campus-feel between the projects. The material palette incorporates color and tones from the Historic Westside School, particularly the mint green of the exterior metal panels that, with alternating profiles, create a play of light and shadow along the building’s surfaces. Furthermore, the varied pitched form is inspired by the forms of the Historic Westside School and neighborhood pitched roofs while contemporizing them with long lasting materials. Programmatically, the building supports education and certification programs for very different spaces. This derived into a natural separation between “loud spaces” -construction/ manufacturing and welding - and more traditional classroom and health training spaces “quiet spaces.” Natural daylight is introduced as full height glazing at the building lobby, while it’s controlled and planned as high clerestories along the teaching labs spaces where expensive equipment is housed. The Westside Community has been an underprivileged area of the city for many years, hence, planning for spaces that encourage community interaction and accessibility to education is the most important pillar of this project. The design team created a building that contextually fits within the Historic Westside Campus while embracing its community artistic identity.
Sustainable Design & Materials
The project is planned to achieve LEED Silver equivalency. Strategies include: • Maximized daylight through proper building orientation E-W axis • Drought tolerant landscape • Recycled metal- exterior cladding system • High efficiency glazing • Outdoor fan to promote passive cooling to improve user comfort • High reflective SRI concrete at hardscape • LED lighting with occupant controls throughout • Solar parking with electric vehicle charging at preferred locations • Interior structure is planned with a 6’ high CMU pony wall to mitigate damage and reduce overall landfill The “campus feel” encourages walkability and well-being. Buy-American requirement will ensure selection of readily available sustainable products.
Green Building Designation(s)
Targeting LEED Silver equivalency
Date of Completion
Southeast corner of Jefferson and D Street in North Las Vegas
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