Las Vegas, NV –Vegas PBS (formerly KLVX Communications Group) will build a new $49 million, 112,000 square foot campus in conjunction with the Clark County School District at the corner of Flamingo Road and McLeod Drive. The Educational Technology Campus will be submitted for LEED Gold Certification and will be one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly complexes in the state of Nevada. “Over the past 40 years, Vegas PBS has grown into ‘so much more’ than just a public television station,” said Tom Axtell, Vegas PBS general manager. “As we have expanded our scope, it has become very evident that our current facility was not designed to support all that Vegas PBS does. From assisting our teachers in the classroom to notifying local emergency response agencies, there is no doubt we need a new facility to appropriately service the Southern Nevada community.” The campus is set to break ground in 2007 and will be completed in 2009. Designed by well-known firm JMA Architecture Studios, it is expected to exceed energy savings of nearly 35 percent above existing building codes. Nevada Power Company has already agreed to supply solar panels for the campus. A request for proposals for a project general contractor will be available this fall.
About the Educational Technology Campus
The Educational Technology Campus is a 112,000 square foot state-of-the-art capital project that will be one of the most environmentally conscious facilities in Nevada with cutting-edge geothermal and solar energy capabilities. This facility will house the Clark County School District’s Virtual High School and Educational Media, Homeland Security and Emergency Response support system and all Vegas PBS departments. The campus will offer a data repository for state and county emergency communications and will be built with various materials and techniques that meet LEED standards for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, waste management, recycling and indoor environment quality. Vegas PBS intends to pursue a LEED Gold Certification for the campus.
About the Vegas PBS Capital Campaign
To address the need for an appropriate facility to service the community, Vegas PBS expanded the capital campaign announced in 2000 to secure funding for DTV equipment as mandated by the FCC. The new equipment and building campaign has a goal of $64,700,000. The new Educational Technology Campus is a public/private partnership. The Clark County School District will provide $23,337,500 for land and construction of the Virtual High School portion of the complex. Vegas PBS and private gifts will fund the balance of the campus construction as well as equipment for public television, CCSD educational media and CCSD Virtual High School classrooms through an innovative capital campaign. The capital campaign will match private donations with funds secured from spectrum leasing agreements, manufacturer displays, demonstration projects and competitive grants. To date, Vegas PBS has secured commitments of $56,992,600 for the equipment and building campaign. The remaining equipment and building goal of $7,707,400 will come from the public phase of the capital campaign. When completed, the educational technology campus will be funded in equal thirds by private gifts, corporate and foundation grants, and entrepreneurial and demonstration projects. Portions of the new facilities will be named for major donors.
About Vegas PBS
Vegas PBS is dedicated to providing media and media delivery technologies for Southern Nevadans, teachers and emergency management professionals.
Vegas PBS Broadcast
Vegas PBS provides universally accessible public service media programming on broadcast Channel 10 and digital HD Channel 10.1. Sprout, a pre-school channel, is offered on cable 355 and satellite 295. Educational access cable is offered on Cox 110 and 111, and Create is available on digital 10.3 and Cox channel 112. Additional channels are scheduled to launch in 2007. Vegas PBS is the largest producer of local television programming which includes, “Nevada Week in Review,” “Outdoor Nevada,” “Wonders of the West,” “Inside Education,” “Book Club,” “Movie Club,” “Homework Hotline,” “Capitol Issues,” election debates and coverage and daily live classes for the CCSD Virtual High School. These productions are created in a facility with two production studios, five edit suites, three field production units, satellite uplink facilities and a complete closed captioning system. In addition, Neilsen Media Research ranks Channel 10 as a highly viewed children’s television station service in Spanish speaking households during morning and early afternoon time periods. Vegas PBS provides additional services for Spanish speaking viewers through its Second Audio Program (SAP) broadcasting and literacy workshops offered at schools and through the Clark County Library District. Vegas PBS Education Services
Vegas PBS operates 20 closed circuit educational broadband TV channels and a network of 120 satellite downlinks are used to serve schools, colleges, prisons and professional education centers. Vegas PBS manages a multi-format media center to schools, offering a lending library of audio and video media, plus DVD and CD-ROM duplication services and an 80,000+ library of on demand video and other media for educational users. Vegas PBS also operates the Captioned Media Program in Nevada for the National Association for the Deaf, as well as the Ready to Learn and Reading for Smiles programs. The organization also provides TeacherLine courses for Clark County teachers who need to re-certify or meet the standards set by the “No Child Left Behind” Act.
Vegas PBS Homeland Security Support
Vegas PBS has worked closely with local and national security organizations to provide a comprehensive and reliable communications network for emergency responders. Vegas PBS operates the Las Vegas Digital Emergency Alert System and a technology system called Xtra-Cast, which in emergency situations provides key personnel with critical information.