LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
CLARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
WINDOM KIMSEY, KEVIN KEMNER
When the Clark County School District began planning for a major modernization of Western High School, an outdated, undersized facility in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood, it was determined that a complete replacement was necessary in order to meet standards. Site considerations required a phased replacement that allowed for year-round construction with minimal disruption to students and staff.
A new gymnasium was completed in 2002 and theater complex in 2005. A three-story classroom building with 114,000 square feet of instructional space was completed in 2006.
This building houses core and elective classrooms as well as administrative functions. The energy-efficient building incorporates sustainable design principals such as architectural day lighting and improved indoor air quality.
Programmatically, the facility parallels prototype high schools. The ground level of the building houses the main campus administration area and some shared classrooms. The second and third 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 that was completed in 2007.