R. Brandon Sprague
241 West Charleston Blvd. Ste. #145, Las Vegas, NV 89102
About Aptus Group
Established in 2003, Aptus Group is an architecture firm also known for interior design and planning. Specializing in retail, hospitality, mixed-use, workplace, and public projects, the firm has gathered enough experience to expand its office to Illinois and California. Currently, the firm is handled by principal and founder R. Brandon Sprague. A graduate from the University of New Mexico, Sprague is accompanied by co-principal Kristen Goodell who within just two years of graduating from the University of Arizona, served as architecture firm Dekker Perich Sabatini’s project manager. By 2004, she joined Aptus as director of the Las Vegas branch.
Among its many projects, the firm’s most notable one is its work on offsite offices for the Cosmopolitan. A 35,000 square foot project, the building houses many of the company’s operations departments and Resort Services call center. To cater to the need for flexible collaboration, the facility also has an open floor plan that supports many organizing themes that allow employees to work together at varying levels of interaction. After meeting with Cosmopolitan leaders, Aptus understood the corporation’s goals and functions. It used bubble diagrams to create a layout the client could modify. Aptus took those modifications and designed an organizational plan that matched the client’s vision.
Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects
Mike Del Gatto
NAIOP of Southern Nevada Chapter 2016,
2014 Architecture Firm of the Year Awards,
AIA Nevada Firm of the Year Award in 1999
8882 Spanish Ridge Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89148
About Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects
This Southern Nevada firm has earned more than 145 design awards since its founding in 1986. Through the years, it has completed projects for public works, federal, commercial, retail, and healthcare sectors and has received numerous NAIOP Merit Awards for office additions in the Las Vegas metro area. Principal and President Rick Sellers, AIA is also accomplished with various recognition. Back in 1997, Sellers received the AIA Nevada Young Architect Citation to honor his design contributions in the community. His highest-profile projects include the 660,000-square-foot University of Phoenix Riverpoint Center and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. Alongside him is co-principal Mike Del Gao who serves as vice president. He studied architecture at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and has served on the Board of Directors of AIA’s chapter in Vegas. In 2006, Del Gatto received the AIA Young Architect Citation Award, and in 2007 was listed on the Nevada Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
Carpenter Sellers was chosen by online shoe and clothing giant Zappos to transform and remodel its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas. A renovation and improvement project that totaled to 300,000 square feet, the offices reflect the company’s core values—growth and learning, adventure, fun, a positive team and family spirit, and passion and determination. Structures built in the 1950s had to be turned into creative and high-tech environments for a largely millennial workforce. Another notable project is the Mandelbaum Schwartz Law Offices, a 5,890 square-foot project made especially challenging by the desert climate. An entrance features a glass wall shaded with perforated metal to create the illusion of navigating through a canyon with hiding places. The metal also serves to protect from the sun while flooding the lobby with natural light.
1725 Village Center Circle #110, Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
About Design Cell
A full-service architecture and interior design firm, Design Cell Studio is known to specialize in concept design, construction documents and drawings, and site planning. With this reputation, the firm has expanded its client base to Oregon, Washington, Utah, California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, and Utah. Aside from doing commercial work, the firm’s portfolio also features projects for the multi-family and hospitality sectors. Because of these projects, Design Cell Studio has been awarded honors such as a spot in the 2019 Hotel Management Survey’s list of Top Design Firms. The principals of Design Cell Studio met while both worked at a leading Las Vegas firm—JMA Architecture Studios. Scott Brown, a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Utah. He was a project professional at Salt Lake City’s Shiel Architects before he served as JMA Architecture Studios’ project manager. Today, he is the principal of Design Cell Architecture, the Las Vegas-based firm he founded in 2007. Co-founder Kastytis Cechavicius studied first in his native Lithuania, then at the University of Cambridge in England and finally in Las Vegas, at the University of Nevada. After graduating, Kastytis became a senior designer at JMA Architecture Studios. He is LEED Accredited and licensed several states.
A break came for Design Cell when multinational JS Products, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of specialty automotive tools, selected it to improve its corporate offices and warehouse on Montessori Street. The facilities were housed in a 70,000 square-foot shell building and 23,000 square-foot office. Design Cell Studio created two two-story offices inside the warehouse, building out corporate departments, a product showroom, and conference areas. A lounge looks down upon a two-tiered lobby. An office project in Henderson gave Design Cell Studio a platform to demonstrate its design-build services in a corporate setting. A tenant in Windmill wanted a modern overhaul for its 4,000 square feet of office space. The existing structure allowed plenty of design options—a large lobby, data centers, conference rooms, and private offices. Design Cell Studio’s plan broke from standard office design, with colorful workspaces, futuristic-looking cubicles, unique floor lamps, and crisp, clean contours.
EV & A
AIA Nevada Young Architect citation,
AIA Nevada Service Award,
AIA Nevada Silver Medal
900 South Pavilion Center Drive, Suite 180, Las Vegas, NV 89144
About EV & A
Edward and Jonelle Vance founded this firm in 2006, and their combined architectural experience has made them one of the most prominent architecture and design firms in the area. Ever since its establishment, EV & A has been crafting projects for the hospitality, commercial, and healthcare markets. Among the firm’s prestigious builds is the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Dynasty Resort Hotel & Casino, and the Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino. Such projects are guided by the experience gathered by founder and CEO Edward Vance. An FAIA and NCARB architect licensed in seven states, Vance previously served as president of nationally-known JMA Architecture Studios. With such experience, Vance was honored with awards such as the AIA Nevada Silver Medal and the AIA Nevada Young Architect Citation.
Not only did EV & A complete the shell buildings for the 5 million-square-foot World Market Center, it also built and designed the interiors of the buildings that followed. Each floor was about 100,000 square feet. The most recent project was Floor 16, to house the offices of the International Market Center’s management group. Project features include a raised floor with work areas and an adventurous environment for IMC staff. Another Las Vegas office build was the 20,000 square feet of space for Alterra Home Loans. This required planning the design concept and space and handling the architectural drawings. The space is divided between private offices and modular workstations. Glass-front offices and a color palette of gray, taupe, and white created a sleek, modern look. One of EV & A’s crowning achievements was the build and design of the corporate headquarters for The Howard Hughes Corporation in Las Vegas at One Summerlin. An open office concept was created for the 25,000 square-foot area. Warm wood walls and neutral-colored stones created a luxurious lobby and board room. EV & A’s goal was to create a modern look with clean lines to showcase the HHC’s standing in the Las Vegas community.
ENR #1 Green Building Design Firm in Commercial Offices,
Building Design + Construction Giants #1 Office Sector Architecture Firm,
Design Futures Council Lifetime Achievement Award
3883 Howard Hughes Parkway, Suite 650, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Las Vegas is just one of the 44 locations worldwide that Gensler operates. Here are a few more facts about the world’s largest architecture enterprise: In 2016, Gensler reported global revenue to be $1.142 billion. Each year, Engineering News-Record (ENR) puts out a list of the top design firms, and in 2016 Gensler took the number one spot. And the firm’s client list runs into the thousands—3,500 to be exact. Those clients, says Gensler, are in almost every industry. Its projects span 32 practice areas, from arts and culture to defense and aerospace, and are spread throughout North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Gensler was established in San Francisco in 1965. Its founder was Art Gensler, a fellow of the AIA and the International Interior Design Association (FIIDA) and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), who received the Design Futures Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
When Pinnacle Entertainment merged with Ameristar Casinos, it selected Gensler to design offices that encouraged flexibility and teamwork that is vital to the company’s bottom line. For the project, Gensler centralized the corporate headquarters that had existed in many buildings into one. The new modern and sleek offices allow a variety of work settings: private offices down the perimeter with relaxed and private areas for individual study or open spaces for collaboration. Also anchored in Las Vegas is Allegiant Airlines, which had to expand its Summerlin facilities to house a growing staff. Gensler consolidated the offices into three buildings, designed workstations with lower partitions, and reduced the number of private offices. There is also a courtyard with canopies for the company’s social gatherings.
IZ Design Studio
7229 W Sahara Ave #120, Las Vegas, NV 89117
About IZ Design Studio
Exceptional designs that unite quality and attention to detail combined with a nearly 50-year history, IZ Design Studio has a reputation for service and design excellence. Because of this, the firm has completed projects for various markets including the education, healthcare, industrial, public, restaurant and hospitality, retail, and commercial sectors.
Among these numerous projects, its most notable work is the Baldwin Development Office. Designed to withstand heavy use and represent the client’s industrial design aesthetic. Sturdy inside and out, the building exhibits corrugated metal panels along with steel beams reclaimed from the owner’s previous demolition projects.
Jeffrey Dacks Architects
Private Summerlin Studio, Las Vegas, NV 89144
About Jeffrey Dacks Architects
Established in 1987, Jeffrey Dacks Architects has been involved in various public and private projects, including designing for professional and medical buildings, luxury hospital and or resort, and retail interiors alongside school and airport projects.
Among these various projects, the firm’s most notable is its work on Harmony Dental. A high-tech and paperless dental facility, this structure has operatories that feature floor to ceiling glass windows that induce a calming and welcoming effect for clients. This project has been featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and has been honored with NAIOP’s 2006 Spotlight Honor award. Projects like these are a perfect example of the firm’s design approach, which advocates for designs that respond to regional and environmental influences, embrace nature, and instill a sense of humanity, ease, and honesty.
AIA Nevada Design Awards,
NAIOP Spotlight Award
1160 N. Town Center Drive, Suite 170, Las Vegas, NV 89144
About JMA Architecture
This Summerlin-based firm has been a prominent part of the architecture world in Vegas for over seven decades. The firm was founded in 1945 by Jack Miller, who built it into the largest architecture firm in the city and the 45th largest in the country. JMA has designed most of the architectural landmarks in Southern Nevada, such as the Atomic Testing Museum and One Queensridge Place. Many of the big names in Vegas architecture today got their start at JMA. The firm is known for its meticulous architecture, planning, and interior design practices that were used to complete multimillion-dollar projects, such as the US Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Las Vegas City Hall, and the Morse Arberry, Jr. Telecommunication Building at the College of Southern Nevada. In 2010, JMA reported $10 million in revenue. The following year, it was purchased by Michael Baker Corporation. Principal Thomas Schoenman, who has been with JMA since 1979, remains as its chief executive officer.
JMA was commissioned by Konami Corporation of Japan to expand the entertainment company’s corporate offices at 585 Trade Center Drive, near McCarran International Airport. During the project’s first stage, a 193,000 square foot building was erected. Next, the existing 123,000 square foot facility—which housed over 400 employees—was completely renovated. But few of JMA’s office design projects compare to the 12 million square feet of office, showroom, and convention space it built for client World Market Center. The client needed a spectacular venue for its showroom of home furnishings that is the largest in the world. JMA was the architect of record on the job, which consisted of eight separate buildings, including a 10-story structure with 1.3 million square feet of showrooms. The project highlights include a façade fashioned out of titanium and glass in the form of a half-sphere that wraps around a geometric shape. This design was inspired by the imaginative process that goes into furnishing a home. Circling the façade are glass arcs that appear to light up at night, resembling a glowing icon. The Center—now a landmark—also spurred a flurry of redevelopment in downtown Vegas.
AIA Nevada Service Award,
AIA Nevada Silver Medal,
NAIOP Outstanding Project Award
241 West Charleston Boulevard, Suite 107, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89102
Established in 1986, LGA has a solid reputation for designing for the community, education, wellness, and workplace sectors. In 2014, it was even featured in local headlines in 2014 for its design of the headquarters visitors center at Mount Charleston, which covers 316,000 acres of the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area. Currently, the firm is managed by principal Craig Galati. Highly respected for his integrity and collection of awards such as the AIA Nevada Service Award and AIA Nevada’s Silver Medal, Galati is known for helping teams develop forward-thinking and strategic solutions for the firm’s clients.
Turntable Health, a project by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, was part of a $350 million project to spur economic development in downtown Las Vegas. It offered primary care through a clinic available to individuals through their employers. LGA became part of this project when it was commissioned to design about 7,800 square feet of the Wellness Center’s reception, examination rooms, open staff work areas, lab rooms, huddle areas, yoga/exercise studios, gyms, and kitchen/juice bars. LGA also won the project to help fast-growing public relations firm R&R Partners expand when its existing 17,000 square feet of space became too tight. R&R’s success allowed it to commission a big-budget project that had LGA designing a new corporate headquarters. LGA’s plans were to create a futuristic design in keeping with the client’s forward-thinking business model, which depended on professionals interconnecting all day. For its efforts, LGA was rewarded handsomely: a 2002 Outstanding Project Award and an NAIOP Spotlight Awards for an Interiors Project.
Dwayne R. Eshenbaugh
Daryl B. Dobras Award for Outstanding Graduate Student,
NEWH Top Design Firm
8 E. Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
About Novus Architecture
An 11-year old full-service design firm known for having a portfolio of over 200 completed projects, Novus Architecture works on commercial, higher education, hospitality, and public works. In 2016, this firm was recognized by NWH as the Top Design Firm. The current principal and founder of Novus Architecture, Dwayne R. Eshenbaugh, is a veteran of the US Air Force and serves on the AIA Las Vegas Board of Directors. Eshenbaugh’s success in architecture began long before he founded this firm in 2009. It started when he was earning his bachelor’s at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was president of the AIA Student Chapter at the school and then was awarded a Citation in The Leading Edge Design Competition by Southern California Edison. Eshenbaugh’s team is just as impressive. Marco Gonzalez, Associate AIA, NCARB, is senior project manager at Novus. Gonzalez earned his bachelor’s and master’s at Texas Tech University before working as an intern at the prestigious Dekker Perich Sabatini.
Lik USA, founded by the Australian artist who operates art galleries, selected Novus to build its 10,000 square-foot corporate headquarters on West Badura Avenue. Completed in 2014, this project required turning warehouse space into an open, contemporary office plan and an enjoyable work environment. Another corporate headquarters project by Novus was for Energy Inspectors, a company that has served the construction and homebuilding industries as an energy consultant since 1996. The structure is on South Miller Lane. The project involved testing laboratories, training rooms, and office interiors. Novus Architecture created an open interior: ceilings are high and windows can open. It achieved the goal of net-zero energy. Not only was energy consumption reduced to 48%, but water consumption was cut in half. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) gave the project LEED Gold Certification.
Simpson Coulter Studio
Sean Coulter and Wade Simpson
AIA Nevada Excellence in Design Award,
AIA Nevada Architecture Firm Award
151 Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119
About Simpson Coulter Studio
Known as Pugsley Simpson Coulter Architects at its founding in 1968, Simpson Coulter has been designing office and commercial spaces alongside educational, hospitality, community, retail, transportation, and residential spaces. Some of these have given the firm numerous awards for exceptional designs. Aside from a team of at least 10 licensed architects and one licensed interior designer, Simpson Coulter also has principal Sean Coulter at the helm to guide the firm in its endeavors. After several years honing skills and gathering experience in various well-known companies, Coulter joined Simpson Coulter in 1992.
One of the firm’s most notable projects was done for the Perini Building Company—one of the largest construction enterprises in the world. The design was completed for its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas and highlights Perini Building Company’s high standards for building excellence. The plan included spaces for conference rooms, executive offices, an accounting department, and a large venue for training classes. The physical site of the building required a structure resembling an arc, with two arms leading to a parking lot. A focal point was the entrance lobby, as the challenge was to create a soft environment that allowed visitors to transition in frog Red Rock Mountains with a warehouse and open-office concept. In 2010, the project earned the NAIOP Spotlight Award. At a corner lot in Las Vegas Valley, the firm planned an addition to Lotus Broadcasting Studios. The work for the 14k-square-foot building was done around a restricted budget. A goal of the design was to have the Lotus Studios “speak” to the surrounding town of Las Vegas.
The Korte Company
AIA Achievment Award,
NAIOP Las Vegas Contractor of the Year
9225 W. Flamingo Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89147
About The Korte Company
One of the first companies nationwide to handle LEED-certified projects, The Korte Company is a multidisciplinary firm with offices in Las Vegas, Missouri, Illinois, and Oklahoma. Its projects range from entertainment to places of worship. Established by war veteran Ralph Korte, The Korte Company started out as a small business where Korte’s expertise was sought out by the Design-Build Institute of America during its developmental stage. Gradually, Korte added interior designers and architects to the team and branched out into other states. This includes Nevada, where Korte either collaborates with local architects or handles the architecture itself. In addition to architecture, the firm does surveying, historic building renovation, assessments, general contracting, and construction management. Korte’s clients include Hershey’s, Kraft, Anheuser-Busch, the US Air Force, and NASA.
Korte was called upon to renovate United Way of Southern Nevada’s offices on West Flamingo Road. It was an extensive demolition project that ended with Korte building out new executive and administrative offices, conference rooms, and the HVAC system, and installing casework, new ceilings, and floor coverings. Another of Korte’s office building projects was to design eye-catching tenant renovations for publisher Greenspun Media Group’s corporate headquarters on Corporate Circle in Henderson. Korte handled the architecture, interior design, contracting, and space planning. The design featured backlighting and sculpted plaster, and translucent acrylic panels to dress up the reception area. A communicating stairway links to a conference area that seats 60 and to spectacular views of the Strip and nearby mountains. This project earned a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.