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union park (now symphony park)

type:             master planning

client:           newland communities

location:       las vegas, nevada, usa

size:             61 acres

cost:             n/a

Two seemingly disparate or contradictory ideas, serenity and excitement fuse together to create a complimentary environment that provides the best of both worlds; a fusion between the dynamic high-tech industrial imagery of the Union Pacific Railroad with the contradictory notion of serine and peaceful parks.  This project was a large master planned, mixed use community on the old Union rail yards just north of downtown Las Vegas and contains a vibrant urban community incorporating a new Central Park for down town, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, DISCOVERY Children’s Museum, and the Gehry designed Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. 


Our design development packet included research, concept massing design and analysis for each of the eighteen high-density mixed-use parcels where we verified the feasibility of the developers’ original proforma, tested circulation patterns for residents, deliveries, trash pick-up etc., and provided shadow patterns and view corridor studies. We provided suggestions for improvements of the original plans, generating client information presentation materials throughout the process, and a final presentation book including our design concepts, guidelines and conclusions.

The 61 acres includes 3,189 residential units, 1.8 million SF of office space, 1,750 hotel rooms, 360,000 SF of retail, 16,000 parking spaces, casino and entertainment spaces, and a medical hospital component.

The Plan was awarded LEED Gold Certification for Neighborhood Development from the USGBC.

“Symphony Park is where culture meets commerce, art meets science, and living meets working in a single district.” - Newland Communities


Completed by Mark Raeburn while Lead Designer at RNL

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