DOROTHY LEMELSON STEM ACADEMY
LOCATION
RENO, NEVADA

CLIENT
WASHOE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

COST
$5.5 MILLION

PROJECT TEAM
PAT PUSICH, MARK BENZING, KEVIN KEMNER

Originally constructed around 1950 from old Army Air Corps Barracks discarded from the Stead Air Force Base north of Reno, the Sierra Vista Elementary school was targeted for replacement before the Great Recession.

Rather than allow funding constraints delay improvements, the Washoe County School District elected to move forward with a remodel and expansion to bring the school up to par with peer elementary schools within the district.

The 7,645-square-foot addition includes a multipurpose room, administration area and two new classrooms totaling 1,900 square feet. The existing library was remodeled and converted into a third classroom, while the multi-purpose room was repurposed into a modern library with numerous accessibility and technology upgrades to accommodate the science, technology, engineering and math [STEM] focused curriculum enhancements. The school was renamed the Dorothy Lemelson STEM Academy.