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High-tech, green collaboration

The Clark County School Districts The Clark County School District, as of 2005, is the 5th largest school district in the United States. It serves all of Clark County, Nevada, including the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, and Mesquite; plus the census-designated places of Laughlin,  new technology campus a $65 million, 112,000-square-foot complex that will be the new home of Vegas PBS PBS
 in full Public Broadcasting Service

Private, nonprofit U.S. corporation of public television stations. PBS provides its member stations, which are supported by public funds and private contributions rather than by commercials, with educational, cultural,
  wont be finished until March.

Admirers are lining up.

Architects are praising its environmentally and aesthetically innovative design. Local agencies are seeking to use the facility, which includes a homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
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 nerve center, for teaching medical personnel and training crime scene investigators. Other public television stations are evaluating it as a model for expanding beyond the basic programming that they have long been known for.

Indeed, public television has rarely been this interesting homeland security, distance education and cooking shows, all in a building that redefines green construction.

The combination will allow Vegas PBS to develop its own revenue stream and have less reliance on public support, said Clark County Clark County is the name of twelve counties in the United States of America:
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  • Clark County, Idaho
  • Clark County, Illinois
  • Clark County, Indiana
  • Clark County, Kansas
  • Clark County, Kentucky
  • Clark County, Missouri
 Schools Superintendent Walt Rulffes. I really see it as the wave of the future.

The Clark County School Board holds the broadcasting license for Vegas PBS, which includes eight broadcast channels, on-demand educational programming and network services. The cost of the project is divided between the district and Vegas PBS, which is independent from the School District.

Education is central to the facilitys mission, so too is turning local programming into moneymakers.

In studios equipped to be used as an on-air kitchen, Tom Axtell, general manager of Vegas PBS, envisions cooking shows starring local chefs. Hes hired an executive with syndication See syndication format.  expertise.

We have tremendous talent and resources in this town, Axtell said. Were going to tap that.

Also sharing the campus is the districts educational technology department and the Virtual High School, which provides distance education for thousands of students.

The districts educational technology department and Virtual High School are housed in a separate, structurally independent building alongside Vegas PBS. There are offices, meeting rooms and small classroom studios, where teachers can record lectures for Web broadcast. A fully equipped science lab is wired for recording.

The lab was added after a district administrator pointed out that Virtual High School

students arent able to take some Advanced Placement science classes as a result.

It too will generate additional revenue. Because district students will use the lab on a limited basis, theres time to schedule outside agencies to use it, Axtell said.

The lab has drawn the interest of the Southern Nevada Area Health Education Center, an arm of the UNR UNR University of Nevada, Reno
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 School of Medicine, and Metro Police, Axtell said. The former wants to use it to offer classes and workshops to health professionals, and the latter needs space to train crime scene investigators.

To be in a proper educational venue with state-of-the art facilities is going to enhance the quality of everything we do, said Rose Yuhos, executive director of Southern Nevada AHEC AHEC Area Health Education Center
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. The health centers staff can also work on public service programming centered around family wellness and nutrition, she said.

The arrangement could become a model for the rest of the country, Yuhos said.

The Vegas PBS facility will also serve as the federally designated Homeland Security emergency operations center The Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, is a central command and control facility responsible for carrying out the principles of emergency preparedness and emergency management, or disaster management functions at a strategic level in an emergency situation, and ensuring .

After the 9/11 attacks, 31 public television affiliates formed a coalition to make sure the stations resources could be put to use in an emergency.

Vegas PBS digital television signal will serve as backup if conventional communication lines collapse.

The building is designed to ensure its systems survive a disaster or attack. It is reinforced to withstand a powerful earthquake, the valleys most likely natural disaster.

The station is also developing the ability to operate at least a week with no external power, which would allow it to inform viewers and emergency personnel at a time when there might not be any other sources of information.

The environmental and aesthetic design elements of the facility are attracting the most attention.

The campus is aiming for a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. ) certification, which recognizes sustainability, water efficiency, materials and resources as well as innovation and design.

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 Architects of Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States.  features underground wells that will help cool the building in the summer. A cistern cistern /cis·tern/ (sis´tern) a closed space serving as a reservoir for fluid, e.g., one of the enlarged spaces of the body containing lymph or other fluid.  beneath the parking lot will collect runoff Runoff

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 it in the landscaping.

The buildings interior and exterior were designed to maximize natural sunlight and reduce reliance on artificial lighting.

Rooms were designed for flexibility. For example, a storage facility for VHS (Video Home System) A half-inch, analog videocassette recorder (VCR) format introduced by JVC in 1976 to compete with Sony's Betamax, introduced a year earlier.  tapes, which are still used by some schools, will eventually be phased out and when that technology is no longer in use. The storage rooms outer wall can then be easily converted into windows, turning the library into office space.

The building should serve the community for 50 years, Axtell said, long after todays cutting-edge digital systems go the way of VHS.

We dont know whats coming next in terms of technology, Axtell said. But we wanted to make sure the building could support it long after were gone.

The facility might become a signature project for the region, said Deepika Padam, the 2009 president of the U.S. Green Building Councils Nevada chapter, which awards LEED certification in the region.

It exemplifies that green buildings dont have to be simple, Padam said. Its high-tech and structurally sound.

True to its educational mission, Vegas PBS plans a six-part documentary on the new building.

Education is the key word here, Padam said. Anyone can do a green building, but unless you educate people about it, how can they learn to do the same in the future?

Emily Richmond can be reached at 259-8829 or at
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