West Career & Technical Academy (WCTA)
- Dean Rowe, Project Manager, Red Rose Inc., DBA Petersen Dean, Inc.
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Year Completed: 2010
- End Use: Academic
- Architect: Pugsley Simpson Coulter Architects - Las Vegas, NV
- General Contractor: Sletten Construction Companies - Las Vegas, NV
- Installer: Red Rose, Inc - North Las Vegas, NV
- Owner: Clark County School District
A Cambridge architectural mesh shading system brings a cool look to the desert surroundings of the West Career & Technical Academy (WCTA) in Las Vegas, NV. Its striking, clean lines of custom-patterned steel boldly stand out against a jagged mountain backdrop, providing a sleek and modern protective facade for the academy. While shading the facility's inhabitants from the harsh Nevada sun, Cambridge steel reflects the light so that the building's exterior appears sparkling from bright morning to twinkling dusk.
The system aesthetically serves as a symbol of intelligent and creative design, perfectly representing the two academies housed within WCTA: Medical Science and Environmental, Engineering and Technical programs. As the strong but elegant frontispiece, it is sure to send the right impression to visitors and will hopefully inspire the inventive minds inside.
Chosen for its ability to hold up in harsh climates, the Cambridge mesh system protects the WCTA's long rows of classroom windows from glaring sunlight and extreme heat. At the same time, the steel mesh facilitates maximum visual comfort to the facility's occupants through daylighting, ensuring that faculty and students can enjoy the sun without it being a detriment to their productivity. Additionally, the building receives long-term benefits from this type of system because the product can withstand abrasive Las Vegas dust and other environmental factors, eliminating the need for its repair or replacement.
Cambridge provided an architectural mesh exterior with shading properties that make running the building more affordable. The mesh system blocks the sun, resulting in an energy-efficient facility with decreased cooling costs. Additionally, stainless steel architectural mesh is a recyclable material that is virtually indestructible, outlasting most other materials in durability and ultimately reducing the need to repair or replace the exterior. By employing metal fabric shading, WCTA has been able to optimize building operations. With its fittingly smart design, Cambridge architectural mesh is also 100% recyclable, contributes to daylighting and does not compromise views. Finally, the metal fabric shading system used in this project was designed to hold up in extreme heat and harsh dust to ultimately provide a long-lasting architectural solution. Cambridge Architectural is an active member of the USGBC®.