Village 26 Community Center
Las Vegas, Nevada
This un-built Community Center was to be the central focus and jewel of Pulte Homes newest master planned community in Summerlin before the housing downturn brought the entire development to an abrupt halt. Designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification from the USGBC, the community center helped to enhance the healthy lifestyle of the entire master planned development. The program included a climbing wall, teen, dance, meeting and computer rooms as well as a high end spa. Building materials were carefully selected to ensure they were sustainable and would contribute toward LEED points. Exterior walls were constructed with thermal mass rammed earth walls designed for “thermal lag”, or the ability to slow the transmission of solar energy into the building. Before the energy reached the interior space, outdoor air temperatures would cool and pull the solar energy back toward the exterior where it would dissipate. The rammed earth walls were stratified with natural colors and textures by utilizing a variety of soils and aggregates. Aluminum storefront systems with high performance glazing are used throughout the building to control solar heat gain while providing natural daylighting and views. The building was carefully integrated into the contours of its site to minimize the amount of cut and fill required. Together, the building and site showcase many great aspects of sustainable design from no cost, to low cost to investment, and are meant to encourage the residents of this green community to think differently about living.
NOTE: Dwayne completed this project while an Associate with DPS. Dwayne’s role was Project Manager and Design Architect.