Las Vegas Springs Preserve Visitor Center

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is a 180-acre project initiated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District to restore the springs that once provided water to the Las Vegas Valley. The project consists of five buildings which include a historical museum and desert-living center, low-water gardens, a desert wetland and walking trails. The theme of all of the projects on the site is demonstration of sustainable and low-impact landscaping and construction strategies to encourage water and energy conservation in the Las Vegas Valley. The Desert Living Center and The Visitor’s Center achieved LEED Platinum ratings and LEED guidelines have been implemented for the site as a whole.

Strategy

Paladino participated in the project from early master planning to assist the design team in the development of a sustainable master plan concept that would exemplify best practice in resource efficiency as an example of how to live sustainably in the desert. Working with the design team and Las Vegas Valley Water District to revise the early design – which was a single building, fully conditioned, on a large site – Paladino investigated how the site itself could be part of the educational mission of the project, teaching consumers in Las Vegas how to live more harmoniously with the desert. This technical exploration resulted in a recommendation to establish a campus of five smaller buildings with varying degrees of conditioning based on program indoor-outdoor spaces, and site design. This move created transition spaces between buildings that provided opportunities for exhibits, and allowed visitor thermal comfort to adjust in response to climate space.

Results

While the team targeted LEED Gold during the design phase, the project received a LEED Platinum rating. All of the projects on the site demonstrate sustainable and low-impact landscaping and construction strategies to encourage water and energy conservation in the Las Vegas Valley.