As the developer and building owner, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging—an innovative and successful medical imaging company in Las Vegas—decided to combine its corporate administrative functions from various facilities in the Las Vegas valley into one location. Because medical space in the Las Vegas Technology Center medical corridor is in high demand, the remaining space in the building's first floor is designed for medical-related tenants.

A design-conscious client, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging requested that JMA go beyond the typical medical office and create a building that represents the type of technical advances being made in today's medical industry. In response to this request, JMA wanted the building to tie back to the owner's expertise in the medical industry. This resulted in an “MRI slice” being a major design element for the building. This slice goes through the building's north face, exposing the interior building elements to the exterior. Through this mullionless glass wall, one can see the raw structure and mechanical-system elements that create this living, breathing building, much like an MRI image of a human being.

Project category: New construction (completed September 2005)

Chief administrator: David Steinberg, MD, Radiologist, (702) 732-6000

Firm: JMA, (702) 731-2033

Design team: Thomas J. Schoeman, AIA, Architect and Interior Design (JMA); Brent Wright, Structural and Civil Engineer (Wright Engineers); Victor Fuchs, Electircal Engineer (Helix Electric); Greg Korte, General Contractor (The Korte Company); Reed Phillips, Mechanical Engineer (Sunrise Mechanical)

Photography: Tom Craig, Opulence Studios

Total building area (sq. ft.): 32,998

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $212

Total construction cost (excluding land): $7,000,000

The detailing that highlights the infusion of materials and forms was of great importance. Modern (i.e., metal panels and mullionless glazing) and indigenous materials (i.e., stone) and colors blend the highly technical nature of the owner's medical imaging business with the surrounding desert environment.