Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 5:45 p.m.
Las Vegas’ new city hall building has been named one of the top public works projects of the year by a national organization, the city announced Tuesday.
The $185 million downtown building, which covers 310,000 square feet over eight floors, opened in February of last year at 495 S. Main St.
The building’s combination of architectural form and energy efficient function garnered it a Project of the Year award from the American Public Works Association. The association recognizes projects in five categories, with city hall winning in the structures over $75 million group.
“We built this facility so that it would have the least impact on taxpayers through its extensive energy efficient features and at a lower effective tax rate. Its impact on the downtown community will be felt for years to come as new projects and investments are created, helping further redevelop the area,” director of public works Jorge Cervantes said in a statement.
The association praised a number of the building’s features, including the 430-seat council chambers, a digital television production studio, an employee café and a grand entry for receptions or art galleries.
The building is also expected to be the anchor of a five-block office and retail development being planned by Forest City Enterprise, the company which helped develop city hall. The relocation of city services to the new building also freed up the old city hall, built in 1971, to be used by Zappos, which is moving its headquarters downtown later this year.