Oldest school campus in Las Vegas is getting a $52 million overhaul

Sept. 19, 2022
The upgrades at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, former home to Las Vegas High School, are expected to take as long as 9 years.

The oldest public school campus in Clark County, Nev., will undergo a $52 million, nearly 10-year-long renovation.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts campus will replace nine aging buildings with eight new ones.

Some of the buildings are up to 90 years old, and its art deco building and gym are on the National Register of Historic Places.

From 1931 to 1993, the campus was home to Las Vegas High School.

Most of the buildings that will be removed as part of the renovation are not historic, says Kevin Kenmer, an architect with TSK Architects, which developed master plan for the renovation. The oldest buildings on campus—the original gym, main building and adjacent Frazier Hall—will be renovated.

The buildings to be razed are the Knapp building; the expansion on the old gymnasium; the locker rooms; a cluster of portable classrooms; the visual arts and music buildings; the black box theater; the addition to the vocational building; the cafeteria; and the Post building just behind the cafeteria.

When the renovation is complete, the campus facilities will include a modern gymnasium, a 542-space parking garage, administration building, student union with classrooms and lunchroom, a black box theater, spaces for dance, drama and music instruction, and a new central plant.

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