academy of arts, careers + technology.

client. washoe county school district

location. reno, nv

size. 50,200 sf

date. 2010

description.

The Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology is a two-level building that provides multidisciplinary academic and occupational development space for the physical education, agriculture and horticulture, hospitality, pre-engineering, and financial and banking programs.


The intermixing of technical academies with core classes and science laboratories promotes collaboration, sharing of resources and facilities, and the integration of academic coursework with career-based learning. The resulting setting is a flexible, dynamic, functional, and collaborative space dedicated to achievement.


The design of the new addition reflects the progressive philosophy of the academy. The prominent main entrance links the academy with Truckee Meadows Community College across the street. Exterior materials articulate the different programmatic functions within the space. The interior space layout provides independent and functional spaces for each academy, while promoting interest, connectivity, and collaboration among disciplines.


The building is oriented on the site to maximize sun exposure from the south, which provides natural daylighting to most of the classroom spaces. Installed on the south façade are solar shading structures to reduce heat gain and glare, and to harvest solar energy. Metering systems will be viewable so that the building itself becomes a learning tool.