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Argonaut Company provides a breadth of planning and design services to help your project start off right and keep it on track. Our extensive experience is coupled with forward-thinking strategies that put projects in motion.

Our planning and design services include:

  • Land planning and area plans
  • Urban Design
  • Transportation and Trail Networks
  • Wetlands, Open Space and Park Planning
  • Programming
  • Design Charettes
  • Design Criteria and Guidelines
  • Design Review
  • Community Way Finding and Monuments
  • Community Engagement

Freeway and Trail Bridge Design

CLIENTS
Clark County, NDOT, City of North Las Vegas and Engineering firms including: VTN, Parsons Transportation Group, Louis Berger, CH2MHill

SCOPE
Bridge design enhancements and bridge architecture as a sub-consultant to engineering firms

RESULT
15 bridges completed, 5 to be constructed, 3 under design, RTC approval obtained for 1.5 percent of construction costs for urban design enhancements for all RTC projects.

VALENCIA, CA: Town Center Master Plan

CLIENT
Newhall Land, an affiliate of Lennar Corporation (as an employee of Newhall Land)

SCOPE
Act as the owner’s planning and design director in preparation of the master plan

RESULT
The master plan became the conceptual basis for land use actions allowing the construction of a regional retail center, traditional main street, and mixed use residential and employment for the first new urbanist town center completed in California.

For the Valencia Website, Click Here.

Summerlin Master Plan:
Las Vegas, NV

CLIENT
The Howard Hughes Corporation (as an employee of Howard Hughes)

SCOPE
Act as the owner’s planning and design director in preparation of the master plan update

RESULT
The master plan update became the conceptual basis for investments in parks and community facilities, village development plans and a key document used for community outreach

For the Summerlin Website, Click Here.

Summerlin Centre Development Plan:
Las Vegas, NV

CLIENT
The Howard Hughes Corporation (as an employee of Howard Hughes)

SCOPE
Act as the owner’s planning and design director in preparation of the development plan for Summerlin Centre

RESULT
The development plan became the basis for Summerlin Centre community outreach, land use actions, infrastructure and park investments and village pro forma, Summerlin Centre East is built out, the core area is under development, a major resort casino has been completed

Summerlin Community Monuments:
Las Vegas, NV

CLIENT
The Howard Hughes Corporation(as an employee of Howard Hughes)

SCOPE
Act as the owner’s planning and design director to update the community monument and gateway program for Summerlin to facilitate opening of new submarkets

RESULT
Developed a hierarchy of community monumentation and locations to facilitate marketing of two sub markets in Summerlin including a gateway on the new beltway. The program supported a sales velocity reaching 3200 homes a year.

For the Summerlin Website, Click Here.

Design Criteria: Summerlin Centre East

CLIENT
The Howard Hughes Corporation (as an employee of Howard Hughes)

SCOPE
Act as the owner’s planning and design director in preparation of design criteria used for approximately 20 merchant builder residential subdivisions in Summerlin Centre East

RESULT
The document introduced evolutionary changes in Summerlin including pocket parks associated with neighborhood entrances, requirements for “architecture forward” such as usable front porches and recessed garages and landscaped panels on residential streets

For the Summerlin Website, Click Here.

Summerlin Non-Residential Design Criteria:
Las Vegas, NV

CLIENT
The Howard Hughes Corporation

SCOPE
Rewrite and update of the Summerlin Non- Residential Design Criteria

RESULT
This document serves as the design standard for non-residential construction in Summerlin

For the Summerlin Website, Click Here.

Southwest Area Trail Plan: Clark County

CLIENT
Clark County Department of Comprehensive Planning

SCOPE
Prepare a trail plan for the rapidly growing southwest area of the Las Vegas metro region including identifying alignments and developing improvement standards

RESULT
Portions of the completed document have been incorporated into the RTC trail plan

A METROPOLITAN PARK FOR LAS VEGAS AT ARDEN RIDGE

CLIENT
A pro bono effort for citizens of Clark County Nevada

SCOPE
Prepare a conceptual plan identifying opportunities and constraints for a potential 6000-acre park on the southwest perimeter of the Las Vegas region.

RESULT
The plan served as an informal motivator, guide and reference for the Clark County Southwest Ridge Recreation Study & Master Plan prepared by the Department of Comprehensive Planning in 2012.

For the Clark County project link, Click Here.

Update Marketing Corridor: Valencia, CA

CLIENT
Newhall Land an affiliate of Lennar Corporation (as an employee of Newhall Land)

SCOPE
Act as owner’s planning and design director in developing new community monumentation and marketing signage for Valencia including a four mile marketing corridor

RESULT
Implemented updated community monumentation and marketing signage program

For the Valencia Website, Click Here.

Design Theme: Valencia Town Center

CLIENT
Newhall Land an affiliate of Lennar Corporation

SCOPE
Act as owner’s planning and design director in establishing a design direction for the regional retail center consistent with the Valencia Town Center Master Plan and direct the public art program

RESULT
External architecture utilized forms and materials reminiscent of the California Spanish heritage of the Rancho San Francisco (Newhall Ranch), interior architecture reflected the tradition of Victorian shopping arcades, a custom art program based on ranch history was implemented

For the Valencia Website, Click Here.