Lochsa Engineering provided the structural engineering services for this design/build LEED educational structure. The facility consists of 39,000 SF of classrooms and includes a testing center, video classroom center, lecture hall, administrative offices, student activity offices, faculty offices, chemistry and biology labs, bookstore, coffee shop, and deli.
The Visitor and Education Center, near the entrance to Clark County’s 2900-acre Wetlands Park, is an excellent example of appropriate and ecologically responsible architecture. A pier system and flood control berms ensure safety from flash floods by elevating the 30,000 square foot facility above the 100-year flood plain while preserving the natural vegetation.
This two-building complex was created by utilizing common concrete tilt-up panels as the major building component and highlighting them in a unique and creative perspective. The exterior concrete panels range in size, intersect each other at different angles, come through exterior walls and are painted five different desert colors, creating a consistent and contemporary appearance. The entran