302 E Carson

302 E Carson

LEED Gold Historic Renovation

Located in downtown Las Vegas with the famous Fremont Street experience and Federal Courthouse a few blocks away, 302 E. Carson, a retrofitted Class A historical office building, is the first retrofit in Nevada to be awarded LEED Gold certification for Core & Shell. The formerly obsolete 1960s vintage, energy-inefficient building stands as a beacon for sustainable redevelopment in the downtown Las Vegas revitalization zone. In a city where buildings are imploded and replaced, the design team reused 95 percent of the existing building in a retrofit – an unheard of achievement in Las Vegas.

SIZE: 162,211 SF


MARKET SECTOR: Commercial Office


The team recognized the opportunity to transform a functionally archaic, energy-wasting Class C building, with a unique open floor plate into a state-of-the-art LEED-certified facility and high-performing investment. Originally designed for the First National Bank of Nevada in 1965, 302 E. Carson is ideally positioned for government and professional tenants that desire to be close to the downtown courthouses and have strategic mandates for LEED-certified office space. The design intent for 302 E. Carson was to achieve a clean, pure form while preserving the building’s 1960s architecture – a modern spin on a classic.

Efficiency upgrades incorporated as part of the retrofit from the foundation to the roof, across eleven floors and 162,211 rentable square feet are projected to decrease building energy use by more than 30 percent and water consumption by 48 percent. Window replacement, installation of a cool roof, chiller replacement and extensive HVAC efficiency upgrades were some of the impressive achievements on this adaptive reuse and expected to save in excess of $50,000 per year in electricity costs.

In large cities, buildings can account for up to 70% of carbon emissions, and older buildings waste massive amounts of energy. Through energy-saving retrofits to existing buildings, my Foundation’s climate work and projects like 302 Carson are proving that reducing carbon emissions isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good economics. Urban planning that integrates improvements to existing office and government buildings can yield tremendous savings on utility bills, create new jobs, and lift local economies.

President Bill Clinton


  • BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Award

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