John C. Bass Elementary School

Las Vegas, Nevada

he design of John C. Bass Elementary School is a new prototype developed for the Clark County School District as an evolution of new curriculum.

The design features playful details, vibrant colors and a softer scale. High clerestory windows augment classroom windows to maximize natural light. Technology infrastructure includes systems to support ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY773COST PER SQ FT$126.82FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio learning. The administrative office is situated to exercise maximum view, and control of persons entering and leaving the building.

The program includes three kindergartens, two special-education rooms, art, music, second language, reading improvement and 30 classrooms in four quads (each with shared learning areas), library, multipurpose room, counseling offices, and a shaded outdoor-learning area. There are two sizes of classrooms: a standard for fourth and fifth grades, and a smaller size to meet class-size-reduction parameters.

Bid documents included alternates for tilt-up concrete with sandblasted finish, or split-face concrete masonry with integral color. For the Bass School, tilt-up concrete was the lowest bid. Interior structural framing uses steel girder joists in place of wide flange beams for additional costs savings.