The Alexander Dawson School, a 126,000-square-foot complex on 33 acres adjacent to Red Rock National Park near Las Vegas, was designed to become one with the surrounding desert landscape. No two of the eight sprawling buildings are alike. Each has its own jagged roof lines, natural colors and contours, and stratified patterns of concrete masonry accented with cultured stone veneer.

The $22 million project required 250,000 CMU in four colors—each color in both smooth and split face — and 44 different shapes and sizes.