The 85,000-square-foot Health Sciences & Nursing Building is on the West Charleston Campus of the Community College of Southern Nevada.
The design team faced three challenges. One was carrying out the new campus master plan while simultaneously creating an overall sense of unity with the existing campus. To accomplish this goal, a third plaza was created to complete CAPACITY864COST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio main pedestrian mall. The design team provided connectivity to the existing plazas. Materials and muted desert colors that complement the campus while setting the tone for future expansion and maintenance were used.
The second challenge was to create a sense of identity and community for health sciences. A covered walkway connects the buildings in the Health Sciences Plaza. This walkway was incorporated into the building lobby to reinforce unity with the plaza. A hierarchy of public outdoor and indoor spaces was developed.
The final challenge was to create a regionally appropriate building. To do this, the building was oriented to respect climate conditions. A solar-voltaic shade structure is planned for future installation.