Educational Technology Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony
Clark County School District, Vegas PBS, JMA Architectural Studios and Martin-Harris Construction broke ground on their latest partnership, the Educational Technology Campus, on Monday, July 16, 2007, at 8:30 a.m. The $37.5 million building nearly completes a $61 million capital “Campaign for the Digital Future” launched in 2000 by Vegas PBS.
The Educational Technology Campus will house Vegas PBS studios and offices, the CCSD Virtual High School, and emergency response data casting operations to backup Nevada’s Homeland Security capacities.
The three-story Campus totals 112,000 square feet and, once completed, will be applying for LEED Gold Certification, a high distinction in green-building standards. The Educational Technology Campus is scheduled for completion in October 2008.
“The Educational Technology Campus will allow Vegas PBS to use digital technology to serve the educational, cultural, public affairs and health programming needs of our ever-growing community, as well as new services to protect us during times of crisis and security threats,” said Tom Axtell, Vegas PBS general manager. “I’m pleased to see the community come together to support this visionary public-private partnership offering state-of-the-art technology services.”
The Clark County School District Board of School Trustees serve as the federal licensees of Channel 10 and provide financial support for activities directly serving K-12 classrooms. The Clark County School District’s building program is providing land and construction of the Virtual high school portion of the complex.
“This high-tech campus creates more opportunity to continue with our innovative approach to education through the use of modern technology,” said Ruth Johnson, President, CCSD Board of School Trustees. “We are committed to providing students with a variety of choices to traditional education.”
Architecture firm JMA designed the high-tech facility, making certain to include various green building designs to ensure maximum energy conservation.Once completed, the Campus will have an average energy savings 35 percent below current Clark County building codes.
Green building features include a light-colored parking lot to reduce urban heat island effects, geothermal wells to lower cooling costs, solar-voltaic panels, recycled steel, wood products from replanted forests, recycled or agriculturally-based floor and wall coverings, energy-efficient window and shading systems and water-use reduction systems. Electronic equipment within the building will meet international WEE and RoHR standards for energy efficiency, heat generation and avoidance of toxic recycling wastes.
Martin-Harris Construction is the contractor on record for the project. The local contractor is building the Campus for approximately $335 per square foot and serves as an example in the Southwest that green building techniques and material can be efficient and cost-effective for builders.