9th Bridge Early Childhood Development Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Downtown Project selected NOVUS Architecture to design their new 200 student Early Childhood Development Campus in downtown Las Vegas. This Phased adaptive reuse project set out to repurpose two historical buildings previously owned and renovated by the City of Las Vegas. Originally constructed in 1946, these buildings and the 1.47 acre site have been transformed into a new, cutting-edge, early childhood development campus. Programming consisted of: Infant/Toddler classrooms, Pre-School Classrooms, Pre-K, K Classrooms, Training Classroom, Staff Offices and Lounge, Administrative Areas, and several outdoor playgrounds and activity areas designed to enhance learning. Classrooms were carefully designed to offer maximum flexibility. Large glass sliding/ pocketing doors were integrated between each classroom allowing multiple spaces to be combined for various collaborative activities. The old, original single-pane windows were replaced with new one-inch, low-e, insulated glazing. Each classroom utilizes a glass roll-up garage door to gain a direct connection to the outdoors. Each smart classroom has a viewing nook immediately outside of the room (on the hallway side) for student observation. Here, teachers, parents, and educational tour groups can view and listen to classroom activities. The site and the 67 year old buildings presented many challenges from code compliance, ADA accessibility and seismic design to mapping issues and occupancy reclassification.