- Project Name
- Nevada State College Glenn and Ande Christenson School of Education
1300 Nevada State Dr
- Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects
- Nevada State College / Nevada State Public Works Division
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- New Construction
- 67,260 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
- Elena Otter
Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects, Architect and Interior Design
Burke Construction Group, CMAR
Landscape Architect: JW Zunino,Civil Engineer: Lochsa Engineering,Structural Engineer: Lochsa Engineering,Electrical Engineer: Harris Engineers,Plumbing Engineer: Harris Engineers,Audio-visual and Information Technology: Harris Engineers,Other: OCMI,Other: Schwob Acoustics,Other: PCNA Consulting Group
- Project Status
The 2-story 67,260 SF Nevada State College Glenn and Ande School of Education is the fourth building on this fast-growing campus in Henderson, NV.
The Design Team worked through an intense programming effort to identify the mission and vision the Dean had for this building as well as the program needs and requirements, particularly for the unique programmatic elements of an early childhood center and speech pathology clinic.
The building houses an Early Childhood Center (ECC) for 3–4-year-old children, some of which are children with exceptionalities that need specialized care and services. The ECC is designed to be inclusive allowing all children to learn and interact together, regardless of their learning abilities. Through color and light, the design Team created an environment that welcomes both: small children and college students providing a secure environment, while coexisting in a higher education facility.
Connecting learning to nature is crucial for the development of young minds. A vertical bi-fold glass creates indoor and outdoor classroom spaces, allowing for the playground to truly become an extension of each classroom.
Not only are the ECC classrooms used by children, but they are also a training resource for the future teacher’s part of the NSC Education Curriculum. Two observation rooms are located at one of the ECC classroom pods providing visual access into the classroom space but not from the classroom.
Additionally, a Speech Pathology Clinic is located within the project, serving the general public. Both program components ECC and SLP (Speech Lab Pathology) were quickly identified as street or front facing programs that require convenient, easy access from the exterior.
Program components of a more typical higher education nature coexist within the facility, requiring separate entry points for students and staff. This was planned to keep the ECC and SLP secure from the rest of the building.
In response to programmatic objectives, the building provides an environment that fosters regular and chance interactions, communication, and collaboration among students, educators, and staff. “Collision spaces” are planned along hallways and the main lobby becomes the “living room” of the building. Schedulable team rooms, a grad lounge, and collaboration spaces activate the main lobby creating a welcoming feel.
State-of-the-art classrooms allow for a variety of teaching settings. Movable furniture, tiered furniture, and a raised flooring system are planned to maximize flexibility to adapt to future technologies and pedagogy requirements.