Firms oter vi­sions Ror cam­pus

Las Ve­gas Academy due for ex­ten­sive makeover

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA - By Natalie Bruzda Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal

Three lo­cal ar­chi­tec­tural firms pre­sented their ideas Thurs­day night for a reimag­ined Las Ve­gas Academy cam­pus in a process that of­fi­cials say is just be­gin­ning.

“This is a very com­plex prob­lem with no easy an­swers,” said Jeff Wag­ner, di­rec­tor of construction for the Clark County School District. “I think all of the ar­chi­tects have done quite a good job of bal­anc­ing the pri­or­i­ties. I want to em­pha­size this is not an end — this is the be­gin­ning.”

The three firms — KGA Ar­chi­tec­ture, Simp­son Coul­ter Stu­dio and Tate Sny­der Kim­sey — spoke to a crowd of about 100 peo­ple who gath­ered at the Low­den The­ater on cam­pus. Those in at­ten­dance were in­vited to hear their pre­sen­ta­tions and asked to rank the teams on five ar­eas of con­sid­er­a­tion: safety, his­toric preser­va­tion, over­all cam­pus de­sign, over­all aes­thet­ics and construction plan.

“I be­lieve in the power of ar­chi­tec­ture to in­spire, to bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether, and to cel­e­brate our suc­cesses,” Wag­ner said, ask­ing the au­di­ence to re­spond to the ques­tions in a thought­ful man­ner. “I think tonight you were con­fronted with three plans that do ex­actly that.”

Merg­ing the past with the fu­ture was a re­cur­ring theme re­flected in the three pre­sen­ta­tions, as well as in ques­tions from the pub­lic. Cre­at­ing more de­fined cam­pus bor­ders, re­solv­ing cur­rent park­ing and re­stroom is­sues, re­con­fig­ur­ing spa­ces for added col­lab­o­ra­tion among ma­jors, con­nect­ing with the com­mu­nity, and mak­ing room on cam­pus for pro­gram ex­pan­sion were other ma­jor themes.

The three firms each re­ceived a $25,000 stipend to come up with the ini­tial pro­pos­als, but Wag­ner said the amount of work done by the firms far ex­ceeded that amount.

Jim Lord, part­ner at KGA Ar­chi­tec­ture, said his firm was ex­cited for the chal­lenge.

“The process the school district picked is unique,” Lord said. “So we saw it not only as a chal­lenge, but quite hon­estly, fun. We were very ex­cited. It was re­ally a chance for all three firms to be cre­ative … to flex their mus­cles.”

The sur­vey re­sults will be con­sid­ered by the LVA School Build­ing Com­mit­tee, which is made up of cur­rent academy em­ploy­ees as well as alumni, a par­ent and a stu­dent. The com­mit­tee will make a rec­om­men­da­tion to the CCSD Board of Trus­tees.

Wag­ner said he hopes the board will choose a firm by the end of the year and es­ti­mates it will take an ad­di­tional six months for the cam­pus master plan to be fin­ished.

While the cam­pus master plan will fall to one firm to pre­pare, other firms will be brought on to tackle in­di­vid­ual build­ings in a process that could take years. An over­all bud­get, how­ever, has not yet been es­tab­lished.

“Las Ve­gas Academy is too im­por­tant, too spe­cial, to put in any sin­gle per­son’s hand,” Wag­ner said.

Con­tact Natalie Bruzda at nbruzda@re­viewjour­nal.com or 702477-3897. Fol­low @Natal­iebruzda on Twit­ter.

Las Ve­gas po­lice shot a man wield­ing a pel­let gun Wed­nes­day night af­ter po­lice said he charged the of­fi­cers dur­ing a do­mes­tic dis­pute in east Las Ve­gas.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice Depart­ment Capt. Kelly Mcmahill said the dis­pute be­gan Tues­day evening, when a wo­man told po­lice that her boyfriend had beaten her. When of­fi­cers re­sponded to the call on the 100 block of Moon­light Drive, near Charleston and Lamb boule­vards, they couldn’t find the boyfriend.

Of­fi­cers took a re­port from the wo­man and left, Mcmahill said, but on Wed­nes­day evening she called po­lice again about 7:45 p.m. She asked po­lice to come and help her get her be­long­ings out of the house, which she shared with the man.

When po­lice ar­rived at the home they weren’t sure if the man was there, Mcmahill said, but he spoke to them through a door­bell that al­lows a per­son to an­swer the door from any­where with a smart­phone.

Mcmahill said that while he was speak­ing to po­lice, he made com­ments that were “deroga­tory to­ward the po­lice of­fi­cers, and he did threaten to mur­der the po­lice of­fi­cers more than once.”

Mcmahill said the of­fi­cers re­al­ized the man might not be in­side the home. Af­ter en­ter­ing the house and find­ing it empty, they helped the wo­man pack up her be­long­ings.

While they were in­side, a neigh­bor saw the man ar­riv­ing at the home. Mcmahill said he crashed his pickup into the back of an un­oc­cu­pied po­lice car and then shot the car sev­eral times with the pel­let gun.

At the same time, the of­fi­cers were leav­ing the home with the wo­man. Mcmahill said the man saw the of­fi­cers, screamed, “Die,” and charged at them with the pel­let gun.

Of­fi­cers shot at the man, strik­ing him once in the lower ab­domen. No of­fi­cers were hurt, Mcmahill said, and the man was taken to Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter where he un­der­went surgery. He is ex­pected to sur­vive.

Joel An­gel Juarez

Las Ve­gas Re­view-jour­nal @ja­juarezphoto Win­dom Kim­sey of the ar­chi­tec­ture firm Tate Sny­der Kim­sey makes a pre­sen­ta­tion Thurs­day dur­ing a hear­ing by the LVA School Build­ing Com­mit­tee.

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