Educational Technology Campus Groundbreaking Ceremony
Clark County School District, Vegas PBS, JMA Architectural Studios and Martin-Harris Construction broke ground on the Educational Technology Campus, on Monday, July 16, 2007. The $37.5 million building nearly completed a $61 million capital “Campaign for the Digital Future” launched in 2000 by Vegas PBS.
The Educational Technology Campus houses Vegas PBS studios and offices, Global Online Advance Learning, the Nevada Learning Academy and emergency response data casting operations to backup Nevada’s Homeland Security capacities.
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 provided land and construction of the Nevada Learning Academy portion of the complex.
Architecture firm JMA designed the high-tech facility, making certain to include various green building designs to ensure maximum energy conservation.
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 built 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.