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Westlake Reed Leskosky promotes two employees

Westlake Reed Leskosky promotes the following individuals in recognition of their design and technical excellence and superior execution that enhance the firm’s fully integrated design services and thought leadership:

Peter W. Rutti, AIA
Peter is Principal, Director of Design and Phoenix Studio Director of Westlake Reed Leskosky.

WRL_RUTTI_PETER 4x4He advances the Phoenix design studio culture and portfolio by fostering collaboration within the design team and creating inspiring design solutions. Over the last decade he has led and coordinated design teams for some of the most complex high profile performing arts centers in the United States. Peter understands how to build cultural arts facilities, what makes them resonate with their audiences and how they can contribute to the economic development of their communities.

Peter’s recent work includes the design of the renovation and expansion of the Avalon Theater of Grand Junction, Colorado, transforming the 1923 historic Vaudeville playhouse into a vibrant multi-venue regional center for the arts as a new anchor for downtown redevelopment and social engagement. Peter’s experience designing buildings that help to revitalize and activate their surroundings has become a significant approach to the Phoenix studio’s focus and work. He is also leading the design of a new performing arts school on the campus of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, as well as designing cultural arts projects in Beijing and Shanghai.

Peter extends his commitment to design excellence through his involvement in the progressive development of the architectural community. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts where he teaches a graduate level Comprehensive Design Studio focused on the design of performance and cultural centers. Peter is also a visiting critic at the UCLA School of Architecture & Urban Design and College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona.

A board member of the Arizona Citizens for the Arts and a member of the American Institute of Architects, Peter received his Master of Architecture from the University of California LA in 2001 and his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona in 1995.

David M. Combs, AIA
David Combs is Associate Principal and Project Director of the Phoenix Studio of Westlake Reed Leskosky.

2014 David Combs 4x4David applies his diverse professional experience spanning the entire spectrum of the design and construction industry, and ensures design and technical excellence for complex projects. His current work includes a cultural arts project in Gabon, Africa, and healthcare facilities for the Veterans Administration, Arizona and California.

David’s focus includes LEED certified and sustainable medical research facilities for premier clients in both the public and private sectors. He also contributes his experience in multiple building types including restoration and adaptive reuse facilities. As a project director, David has successfully taken projects from schematic design to completion while maintaining a successful working relationship with clients, contractors, and consultants. David received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Science from Ball State University in 2003.

The Mob Museum exterior

The Mob Museum Opens Its Doors To The Public

The Mob Museum, a museum that focuses on the history, significance and influence of organized crime, opened its doors on February 14, 2012 — a day associated with the Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929 in Chicago, one of the greatest mob hits in history — in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The museum staffs former FBI agents, former police officers, historians and experts who provide accurate facts about organized crime.

Westlake Reed Leskosky of Phoenix served as the lead designer and architect with engineers and cultural planners leading the integrated design process for this monumental, $42 million project. The Mob Museum was funded through local, state and federal grants.

According to Paul E. Westlake Jr., managing principal and lead designer, Westlake Reed Leskosky, “This museum will be a major destination that interprets the building and its history, as well as the subject content in a comprehensive manner.”

Creating The Mob Museum involved redesigning a 40,000-square-foot, historic 1933 post office and federal courthouse into a contemporary museum facility. There are three floors of exhibit galleries that include interactive multimedia and artifacts.

The gallery rooms have intriguing names associated with their theme, such as “American Underworld,” “A Tough Little Town,” “Open City,” “The Game Continues,” “We Only Kill Each Other,” “Bringing Down the Mob” and “The Myth of the Mob.”

“Organized crime has been and continues to be a dramatic and influential part of our culture in America,” says Patrick Gallagher, president of Gallagher & Associates, museum planning and exhibit designer. “At The Mob Museum, the very real stories and events that impacted and shaped Las Vegas will come to life through immersive environments, artifacts and deeply engaging media.”

Also featured in these exhibits is a restoration of a historic courtroom famous for its Kefauver Committee hearings that began federal prosecution and exposed organized crime in the early 1950s.

In The Mob Museum, all sides are presented through historic content. The development of organized crime and law enforcement in America is brought to life through recreated environments and exhibits pertaining to notable characters. The museum reveals a non-embellished inside look into the events and people involved in Mob history.

For more information about The Mob Museum, visit themobmuseum.org.


If You Go: The Mob Museum
300 Stewart Avenue
(702) 229-2734