Artist Bonnie Kelso Selected to Create Design for New Class A Office Building in Downtown Summerlin

The Howard Hughes Corporation, developer of the planned community of Summerlin, today announced the selection of Southern Nevada artist Bonnie Kelso to create the largest public mural in downtown Summerlin, the mixed-use urban core of 400 acres of community. Kelso’s design will transform the north and west facing exterior walls of the parking garage at 1700 Pavilion, the ten-story Class A office tower currently under construction and actively leased in downtown Summerlin. The mural, which is designed in panels to accommodate the open spaces between levels, is over 120 feet long and over 54 feet wide on either side.

Kelso, a Summerlin resident since 2013, was chosen from more than 20 artists who responded to a request for proposal (RFP) to transform the two walls of the parking garage. Kelso’s design for the new mural was selected for its unique perspective that allows guests walking past the building to enjoy a different visual experience than when viewed from afar. More importantly, Kelso’s vision is authentic to his own Summerlin experience. The clean simplicity of its design and use of color reflect the nearby Red Rock Canyon and celebrate Summerlin’s active, outdoor lifestyle.

“As we develop Summerlin, we are carefully considering how design can shape the community by providing exceptional experiences both in buildings and in open public spaces,” said Danielle Bisterfeldt, SVP, Marketing & Consumer Experience, Summerlin. “We are committed to the power of public art to help define a sense of place and identity, and this mural provided an ideal opportunity to showcase our Southern Nevada talent and select an artist whose the design reflects his strong passion for our community.”

“My design was inspired by what I love most about life in Summerlin – listening to music in the park and dining out, exercising along the many trails and playing with my kids in the parks filled with beautiful native plants and wildlife,” Kelso said. “My design also includes a nod to our local Air Force and Howard Hughes Jr.’s passion for aviation. I hope these elements combined with the majestic ridge lines of nearby Red Rock Canyon convey Summerlin’s strong sense of community and appreciation for nature.”

Kelso attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she majored in printmaking and spent a semester abroad in Rome. After graduating, she worked for many years as an exhibit designer, contributing to projects for NASA, National Geographic, the Newseum, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. After backpacking the world for a few years, she moved to Las Vegas in 2004 to be near her retired parents and began painting full time, becoming an active part of the Artists Guild. of Las Vegas and the First Friday scene. Today, she is a teaching artist at the Nevada Arts Council and leads workshops in the Las Vegas area for students of all ages, including teens and adults in drug addiction. She is also an author and illustrator of children’s books.

Kelso’s design will be installed at 1700 Pavilion by Wall Print Las Vegas the first week of August.

The office building was designed by Hart Howerton, an interdisciplinary planning, architecture and interior design firm. The building’s design exemplifies Summerlin’s commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle, providing bicycle storage to encourage cycling to work options. The Living Room — a shared common space in the first-floor lobby with a bookable conference room and gathering spaces — offers direct access to Pavilion Center Drive and shopping and dining across the street. Pavilion 1700 is being built to target LEED Silver standards and will feature electric vehicle charging stations, low water flow appliances, desert landscaping, touchless entry doors, air filtration system improved air and a new approach to on-site recycling of most materials, including batteries and electronics. waste.

KGA Architects, a full-service architectural firm with over 40 years of experience specializing in a wide range of product types, has completed production documentation for the 1700 Pavilion parking garage. Whiting Turner provides construction management services. Completion of 1700 Pavilion I scheduled for fall 2022. CBRE is the official office broker. For rental information, contact Randy Broadhead, [email protected] For more information, visit

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