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The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas

Nevada's only Jewish educational center offering classes from 18 months through 12th grade, The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas, was founded with the generous support of Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson. The school has thrived, after opening in 2006 with 145 students. A 146,000-square-foot addition designed by DLR Group, Las Vegas, allowed the facility to accommodate an enrollment of 500.

Today, student and visitors enter the Adelson middle and upper schools through a grand, glass dome. "This free-standing, circular glass rotunda measures 30 feet in diameter by 32 feet in height with a free spanning multi-sloping glass dome structure on top," explains Ryan Navis, Super Sky's project manager. Mequon, Wis.-based Super Sky Products Enterprises LLC was the manufacturer and installer for the glazing system. Helping to protect the dome from Nevada's harsh climate, Wausau, Wis.-based Linetec finished the aluminum framing in a 70 percent Kynar PVDF two-coat finish in Bone White.

Enduring, carefully selected materials and finishes were a key aspect of the campus' construction. According to the rotunda's general contractor, Las Vegas-based Crisci Builders, the floor features the school logo inlaid with granite, marble and lapis lazuli. To build the school's walls, 160 tons of Jerusalem stone was imported from Israel.

The campus also provides a Beit Midrash, which is directly translated to "house of learning." Originally, a Beit Midrash was intended for its occupants to study the Torah. While used for the same purpose today, the idea has since evolved to include a study hall for the students of all faiths. Illuminating their learning space, the building is crowned with a skylight shaped as a Star of David that shines with natural light.

Husker Glass Inc., Omaha, Neb., installed the Beit Midrash's 15-foot-wide by 10-foot-tall skylight. Similar to the rotunda's skylight, Linetec finished the aluminum framing in the same durable 70 percent PVDF coating. For both skylights, Viracon Inc., Owatonna, Minn., fabricated the insulated, low-E laminated glass units with white silkscreen, maximizing thermal performance under the desert sun.

The $65 million project and its two signature skylights were completed in 2009, following two years of construction.


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