Project Description

Las Vegas Springs Preserve 
Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a project of The Las Vegas Valley Water District, comprises 180 acres dedicated to nature and science through walkways, trails, art displays, gardens, exhibits, and live animal shows. Southwest Steel fabricated and erected all the steel elements and exhibits located throughout the preserve.

The Preserve is located in the heart of Las Vegas and is considered to be the city’s birthplace. It contains a 10,000-year-old physical record of the biological, geological, and cultural history of the Las Vegas Valley. Additionally, it houses an active water resources management facility which is a critical link in the delivery of potable water to much of the metropolitan area.

The Visitor Center consists of two buildings: an exhibit building, containing exciting and interactive exhibitions dedicated to cultural and natural history of the Las Vegas Valley, and an administrative building, containing offices, guest services, and a restaurant. The complex also features a 20,000-square-foot shade structure.

Designed to meet LEED Platinum standards, the totally exposed elements contributed to the project’s overall sustainability.

The crowning pieces of ornamental metals showcase the skills and craftsmanship of Southwest Steel across the project.


  • Desert Living Center and Gardens

  • 180 Acres, 5 Buildings, 43 Exhibits, Classroom and Meeting Space

  • $250 Million Master Plan Project

  • Contractor: Whiting Turner

  • Architect: Lucchesi, Galati Architects

  • Engineer: LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

  • LEED Platinum

  • Building and Managers Association Earth Award

  • Las Vegas Business Press Large Public Project of the Year

  • CSI Las Vegas Construction Award

  • Environmental Design + Construction Excellence in Design Award

  • Sustainable Buildings Industry Council High Performance Building Award

  • Southwest Contractor Magazine Best Public Green Building Project in Nevada Award

  • American Institute of Architects Honor Award