Clark County School District, Two Story Elementary School Prototype

Las Vegas, Nevada

  • FIRM

    JMA Architecture Studios


    Clark County School District

  • AREA

    149,500 sq.ft.





Designed to accommodate limited land parcels in urban areas, the district’s first two-story elementary school prototype incorporates sustainable-energy design, increased glazing and subterranean parking. The playful learning environment maintains “great room” and “courtyard” ideas.

Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School is on a small site about two miles east of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$107.91CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress Vegas’ downtown gaming corridor, Fremont Street. The site was chosen for its proximity to growing residential neighborhoods. The challenge was threefold: provide a standard 700-student program on a site about one-third of the standard elementary school site size; mitigate the detrimental effects of the gaming environment; and provide a playful, energy-efficient learning environment.

Organized in a simple H plan to simplify circulation and maximize supervision, the central stair and corridor system serve as a circulation “hub,” efficiently connecting all primary building functions and encouraging interaction among students.

Because of site constraints and student circulation patterns, classroom wings have north-south corridors and east-west facing walls. The building has a system of high-performance glass and perforated-steel shading devices. The shading devices not only reduce direct sunlight into the building, but also shade the exterior walls and protect the glazing from vandalism.

"Good solution for a limited site; unique."--2002 jury