Sustainable Architecture: The Las Vegas Springs Preserve

By May 18, 2016Architecture

Instead of going overseas like a few weeks ago, SH Architecture will show some hometown pride by discussing the Springs Preserve and its sustainable architecture.

History of Las Vegas Springs Preserve

Rafael Rivera discovered the Springs Preserve when he stumbled upon it in 1829. After the discovery, the Springs Preserve served as a campsite for the Mormon missionaries and the water source for the short-lived Las Vegas ranches. When the Las Vegas Springs stopped flowing in 1962, due to overdrawing from the wells, the Las Vegas Water District petitioned it to become a historical site. It became a historical site in 1978, and in 1997, the Water District Board of Directors approved a plan to preserve the site, which developed into the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.

The Construction of the Springs Preserve

The 180-acre institution started in 1997 after the Water District Board of Directors approved a plan to preserve the site and opened in 2007.

Sustainable Architecture Features

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Spring Preserve building

To overturn the negative end of the Las Vegas Springs, the Las Vegas Water District wanted to find a way to make the now empty spring into a cultural site touting sustainable architecture and features. The Springs Preserve followed the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system.

The most obvious sustainable architecture design you can see at the Springs Preserve is the 2,200 solar panels on the covered parking lot. Las Vegas Springs Preserve also built evaporative cooling towers, straw bale insulation and rammed earth walls. 149,560 square feet of the Springs Preserve’s buildings following the LEED rating system.

Using a bio-filtration wetland system, a sustainable architecture design, the Garden is tended through sustainable gardening practices. Living material is captured and degrades pollutants while clean water is irrigated to the plant life.

This ultimate bastion promoting sustainability is the Desert Living Center. This building is what teaches citizens sustainable living practices and techniques. It offers weekly classes that instruct citizens on topics from composting to water-smart landscaping.

More Sustainable Living in the Desert

Springs Preserve Rotunda

Springs Preserve Rotunda

While the Springs itself may be gone, the Water District still found a way to preserve the history and make a change to the Las Vegas valley. Luckily for you, you do not have to wait for ecological depletion to start living sustainably.

Call SH Architecture to help you create the building of your dreams that are not only sustainable but stunning. At SH Architecture, our buildings are built to last.


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