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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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The $1.8 billion Las Vegas stadium project is reportedly one-third complete, with policies now in place for the venue’s massive grass tray system and diversity performance goals well-exceeded by contractors.

Project History

The last big update for the project came in October 2018, when officials announced that workers had begun installing the 52 truss columns at the site.

The 52 steel beams will frame the exterior 65,000-seat indoor stadium and ultimately hold up its translucent polymer roof, which will rise about 200 feet. The columns weigh about 65 tons each.

Renderings courtesy of MANICA Architecture

The $1.8 billion Las Vegas stadium project is reportedly one-third complete, with policies now in place for the venue’s massive grass tray system and diversity performance goals well-exceeded by contractors.

“In order for it to hold up the roof and hold up the enormous ring beam that ties those stainless steel cables that support the ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, a fluorine-based polymer) roof, all of that is highly, highly precise,” Don Webb, chief operating officer of the Raiders’ construction subsidiary StadCo, told the Review-Journal.

The trusses are slated to be installed over the next two months alongside work such as concrete pours for ramps and concourses.

Design features for the stadium were finalized and released to the public in March. In addition to the ETFE roof, other features include:

  • Translucent stadium components around the building envelope will give the stadium a black appearance during the day but allow the inside lights to be visible from the outside at night;
  • Envelope ribbons will serve as ventilation and drain water from the roof; and
  • The north end of the stadium is slated to feature folding 80-by-120-foot lanai doors that open to a view of the Las Vegas Strip.

Updates

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority met earlier this month to discuss the project. Among the updates was the report that Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Cos., head contractors on the project, have exceeded the percentage of women and minority workers that’s required by law.

According to the Benefits Oversight Committee, small business enterprise participation was at 19 percent, which exceeds the goal of 15 percent, with $159 million of the $843 million in subcontracts awarded to firms that qualify as small business. In addition, 14 women-owned firms received contracts and 72 percent of those are Nevada-based businesses.

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority met earlier this month to discuss the project. Among the updates was the report that Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Cos., head contractors on the project, have exceeded the percentage of women and minority workers that’s required by law.

The project’s requirement for work hours delegated to women and minorities was 38 percent; however, as of the end of November, 69 percent of the 940,753 work hours went to those groups. Records noted that 2 percent of the work also went to veterans, though there isn’t a veteran requirement.

Don Webb, chief operating officer of the Raiders’ stadium construction company subsidiary, also told the authority that the project is on schedule and on budget and about one-third completed, according to the Las Vegas Review—Journal.

At the end of 2018, the project team has spent $564.5 million, which is reportedly in compliance with state and county agreements.

Currently, there are about 850 workers on the site daily, though that’s expected to ramp up to 1,200 at various points in the year.

A safety plan was also OK’d for the stadium’s 9,500-ton, movable natural grass field that will be moved onto the stadium floor from outside before every game.

The 4-foot-deep tray, which will be loaded with grass, sand, gravel and irrigation and drainage components, will roll in on 13 rails through a 14-by-240-foot opening in the stadium. Powered by 76 electric motors, the move will take about 90 minutes. (Arizona’s State Farm stadium also uses this feature.)

The timeline for the stadium’s completion has not changed and is slated for August 2020.

   

Tagged categories: Contract awards; Hiring; North America; Ongoing projects; Program/Project Management; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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