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Nevada State University Christenson Education Building


Henderson, NV

67,260 SF



AIA Nevada Honor Award, Built Category, 2021
ENR Southwest Best Projects, Higher Education/Research, Award of Merit, 2021


Nevada State College Glenn and Ande Christenson School of Education, Architect, March 2022
Nevada State College School of Education, Archello, February 2022
Nevada State College Breaks Ground on Education Building, Las Vegas Review Journal, January 29, 2020
Nevada State College Break Ground on $69.1 million School of Education Facility, American School & University, January 23, 2020.

The 2-story, 67,260 SF Nevada State University Christenson Education Building is the fourth building on this fast-growing campus in Henderson, Nevada and was designed to fit into the desert landscape to enhance the natural surroundings.

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 space includes classrooms, hands-on learning spaces, speech language pathology labs and therapy, faculty offices, collaboration space and an Early Childhood Development Center.

The design utilizes color and light to create an environment that welcomes both small children and college students. A vertical bi-fold glass creates indoor and outdoor classroom spaces allowing for the playground to become an extension of each classroom. The building program also includes a state-of-the-art preschool with an innovative educational environment in which to train new preschool teachers to help alleviate a critical teacher shortage in Nevada.

"Throughout this building you will see lots of spaces where learning is possible, to encourage students, and I am not just talking about the classrooms, which are beautiful, I’m talking about the spaces all over the building. Formal learning and informal learning happening in these spaces. This building was based on teaching as a collaborative world, you will find opportunities for collaboration."
Former Dean Dennis Potthoff, NSU School of Education

This project is set to target LEED Equivalent and Green Globes Certification.

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