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The desert has a deep personality; it has a voice.  Great leaders in all ages, from Moses to Roosevelt, have sought the desert and heard its voice.  You can hear it if you listen, but you cannot hear it while in the midst of uproar and strife for material things.  The desert speaks. Those who listen will need no prodding to produce superior results.                                                                         - L.L. Nunn - Educator, Industrialist


 Photo: Jack Newell

Photo: Jack Newell

The Mesa will be built on a twenty-nine acre mesa-like geographic formation, surrounded by thousands of acres of protected land in Zion National Park.  On top of this mesa is a six-acre building site with desert flowers, cacti, sagebrush and native bunch grasses. Deer, desert tortoise, chipmunks and other small animals are frequent visitors. The center will be a tranquil place to work and learn.

The Commons building will have a lounge area with small library, kitchen, dining room, laundry facilities and restrooms. The administrative office The Mesa will be in one wing of the building.  Four duplexes, carefully placed to assure privacy and tranquility, will provide living/working space for eight residents.  A separate artists' studio will provide painting space for two or more visual artists.

The first two duplex studio/living quarters are under construction and will be completed by January 2019. The Commons is scheduled for completion that same spring.

 

 Photo: Steven Black

Photo: Steven Black

THE DESIGN/BUILD CONCEPT

THE DESIGN/BUILD CONCEPT involves University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) architectural students who design the buildings.  Using non-traditional and/or indigenous materials they follow natural building methods and participate in the construction, with professional supervision. 

PROPOSED BUILDING MATERIALS include: earth bricks, reclaimed wood, weathered metal, and/or Structural Isolated Panels (SIP) which are prefabricated wall panels with insulation and wiring built into them.  Building materials will be eco-friendly, durable and will blend into the surrounding environment. All the structures will be handicap accessible and LEEDS certified.