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  Mesquite City Hall, pAGE 35Mesquite City Hall
MHTN Architects, Inc.
420 East South Temple, #100, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Mesquite, Nevada
Total Square Feet: 36,000
Construction Period: May 2000 to Jan 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Layton Construction, Inc. - 9090 South Sandy Parkway, Sandy, UT 84070
Structural Engineer: Allen & Bailey Engineers - 310 South Main, #300, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Electrical Engineer: Spectrum + Bennion - 175 South Main, #300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Mechanical Engineer: Van Boerum & Frank Associates - 330 South 300 East, #200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Landscape Architect: MHTN Architects, Inc. - 420 East South Temple, #100, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Cost Estimator: Layton Construction, Inc. - 9090 South Sandy Parkway, Sandy, UT 84070

The City of Mesquite, Nevada is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. Blessed with dry climate, warm winters and 350 days of sunshine per year, this town has blossomed from 1,500 inhabitants to 10,000, with growth projected to peak at 50,000 within the next several years. With growth comes an increase in local government services. Mesquite City determined they needed a new facility to meet their growth requirements for the next twenty years, expanding from a cramped 6,000-square-foot office building to a new 30,000-square-foot City Hall. As part of their development of a vital downtown, the city designated a section of the city's primary thoroughfare, Mesquite Boulevard, to be part of a downtown beautification project, with the new City Hall and fire station as the flagship of this project. The city of Mesquite sought a team that had solid programming abilities, and could also help define an overall image for this blossoming desert community. 

Mesquite City selected four finalists to present conceptual design solutions. Each design was to create an architectural style designated by the City as "Mesquite Southwest," and to define what elements comprised that architectural expression. The winning team was to be selected based on architectural image, overall square footage provided for the available budget, and project delivery schedule. Based on this criteria, they chose the design/build team of MHTN Architects and Layton Construction.

MHTN has worked with all departments of city government to help shape this new image. Community support was fostered by a series of public work sessions as well as weekly sessions with each city department. 

The new Mesquite City Hall seeks to capture the architectural flavor of the southwest. The architect strove to evoke the spirit of the southwest through massing, imagery and choice of materials. The design incorporates key elements of a tower and courtyard to blend the modern facility with Mesquite's history and tradition.

With roots in Native American architecture, the courtyard was also a key element used by Spanish settlers in response to regional climate. Mesquite City Hall's courtyard was designed to create a space that can be open to the public, yet feel like an extension of the building. This space functions as the front door to City Hall, as well as being used for exterior gatherings and events. The trellis along the north side, adjacent to the street, incorporates the basic elements of the Mesquite Boulevard beautification plan and will be one of the first facilities to help define this standard.

The tower is a recurrent theme in mission style southwest architecture. It was traditionally used to designate the center of a community, and could be used to call people to assembly. The tower of Mesquite City Hall is actually the elevator shaft of the building. It has been extended vertically to create a landmark representing city government and includes a clock to reflect its civic function. The tower has been rotated approximately 30 degrees to enhance its visibility as Mesquite Boulevard turns and heads northeast just a few blocks to the east. The tower serves to both designate the center and announce arrival to the community.

This project went beyond a simple building, to define an architectural style for an emerging community. The city hall is the community focal point, defining the overall image, heritage and attitude of the city.

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