Friday, February 27, 2015

On the Boards

We have a unique mix of projects on the boards this month.  Two photovoltaic projects have moved into the construction phase, and include an education component with interactive touchscreen and engaging animated characters developed by AEI.  In addition, these projects include a partnership with the non-profit DRI to bring free green box science kits to Clark County School District classrooms.

Other work includes a 76-unit multifamily modernization project, a private residence loft remodel with elevator, and graphic murals for the RTC Mobility Training Center.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Closer to Real: The Modern

For almost two years, with support from numerous organizations and individuals, the concept of a contemporary art museum in the downtown 18b District has been gaining momentum.  It's comprised of three primary components: Museum, Outdoor Park/Events Space and Education Center.

Initially conceived by the great-grandaughter of Benny Binion, Katie O'Neill, the proposed 35,000 square feet museum is titled The Modern Contemporary Art Museum.  Three floors will include a gallery, gift shop, restaurant, event space and the The Center for Creativity.  Emerging artists and designers will be able to access laboratories, design tools, and workshops.  Visitors and locals will enjoy "Luminous Park," an outdoor sculpture garden.

Fundraising is still in progress, and an office is now open at Art Square.  Interested parties are welcome to drop by for more information.

Learn more at the website:

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rulon Earl - Grand Opening

Rulon Earl - Community Center Lounge and Computer Bar
Residents at Rulon Earl Manor will be treated to a Grand Opening event for the newly remodeled Rulon Earl Community Center this December.

Rulon Earl - Entry View

We're pleased to complete this 2,200 SF exterior and interior remodel for wheelchair and general accessibility requirements for a 1979-built community center and surrounding site.  Improvements include Audex systems for hearing impairment and braile and tactile signage, dumpster enclosure improvements for accessibility, and modification of concrete flatwork for sidewalks, curbing and ramps.  Landscaping was upgraded adjacent to new accessible route through Phase I community and 88,000 SF of interior streets were repaved.

Rulon Earl - Community Center Floor Plan
Materials were selected for ease of maintenance, longevity,  and a contemporary look.  Exterior and interior were finished with a bright yet sophisticated color palette to enliven the space and appeal to the residents.  Project is prevailing wage and a HUD property, and partially funded by a grant from the City of Las Vegas.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We celebrate the courageous men and women who have served to keep our country strong and free.
Thank you to veterans and their families.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Smart Charge

Caught sight of a Smart Car charging at the photovoltaic canopy after an appointment at Clark County Government Center today.  It's very satisfying to see our project in use!

Learn more about this project in our previous posts.
December 2011 - Opening
September 2011 - Construction
February 2011 - September 2011 - Construction

Since construction completed nearly three years ago, there are many charging stations at hotels on the Strip, at downtown's Container Park and Zappos headquarters, and North Las Vegas' City Hall.
See a map of other nearby charging stations here:
Enter zip code 89155

This installation operates on the Chargepoint system, and you can learn more, download an app, or find other locations at their website.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bottle Filling Stations Reduce Waste

As discovered on a recent visit to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport, bottle fillers are becoming a more commonplace way to hydrate.  According to the Pacific Institute, global sales of bottled water are growing faster than any other beverage.  If you must buy a bottle, refill it for seconds.  Better yet, get a reusable bottle in BPA-free plastic, steel, aluminum or even glass.

Ready for a refill? Elkay EZH20 bottle filling station has a fill rate of 1.1 gallon-per minute (gpm) for a refrigerated unit, which is three times faster than a standard drinking fountain. 

The unit is sensor-activated, so users don’t have to touch anything. The bottle can be held or placed on the designed platform to balance the bottle as it is being filled. The intuitive, touchless operation helps keep the station clean and germ free.

What makes Elkay EZH20 bottle filling station appealing? It fills bottles with filtered water in seconds and providing sustainable benefits by reducing the dependency on disposable plastic bottles. The “Green Ticker” visually quantifies the number of 20 oz. bottles saved from landfills. Imagine the difference that we can make by reducing our use of plastic bottles.

Water filling stations are available for new drinking fountains, and also as retrofit kits. Ideal locations include schools, higher education, medical facilities, and commercial building lobbies.

Did you know that…*
  • Producing the bottles for American consumption required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation
  • Bottling water produced more than 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide
  • It took 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water 
* Compiled by Pacific Institute for 2006.

Read more facts about bottled water at the Pacific Institute's website.

(by Melina Soto)