LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
When the Clark County School District began planning for a major modernization of Western High School, an outdated, undersized facility in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, it was determined that a complete replacement was necessary in order to meet current CCSD standards. Site considerations required a phased replacement, which has allowed for year-round construction with minimal disruption to students and staff.
A new gymnasium was completed in 2002 and a theater complex was completed in 2005. A three-story classroom building with 114,000 square feet of new instructional space was completed in December 2006.
This building houses core and elective classrooms as well as administrative functions. The energy-efficient building incorporates sustainable design principals such as architectural daylighting and improved indoor air quality. Programmatically the facility parallels CCSD’s new prototype high school. The ground level of the new building houses the main campus administration area and some shared classrooms. The 2nd and 3rd floors are based around the “house concept” which creates four small schools within the larger building to foster a more intimate academic environment.
Following completion of this building and demolition of original campus structures, construction began on the final phase of the campus replacement project,
a two-story academic building which was completed in December 2007.