SH Architecture supported the College of Southern Nevada in developing preliminary programming and spatial diagrams for the colleges proposed Student Unions. The programming process included various collaborative meetings with Students, Staff, Faculty, and local community members to gather input and document the groups wishes and desires for the facility. Additional research of similar facilities on campuses of similar sizes was conducted to identify trends and solidify a more practical program. Some of the key spaces identified in the program included a student commons and dining court, bookstore, multi-purpose meeting rooms, student success & life rooms, fitness center, testing room, convenience store and game room. Initial site studies were completed to show building footprint and siting, relationship between adjacent buildings, campus walkability & accessibility, ingress/egress locations, serviceability and utility coordination. Conceptual floor plan bubble diagrams were developed to understand size of spaces, spatial relationships & functions, open and closed spaces, identify points of entry, as well as relationships of indoor/outdoor spaces. The importance of outdoor spaces and creating a sense of place was of key importance. These outdoor plaza spaces included various passive and active spaces including a student amphitheater, covered seating areas, and unifying stone elements, digital signage, and solar-ready canopies. This programming effort also included a construction cost estimate for each of the Colleges three campuses.
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