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Vegas Stadium Budget Bumps to $1.9B

Friday, July 26, 2019

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The budget for the new Las Vegas stadium—future home of the National Football League’s Raiders—has just gone up by about $40 million, bringing the price tag to $1.9 billion.

In addition, some involved with the project are now facing a lawsuit centering around unpaid wages.

Project Background

In January, officials with the project announced that the stadium was one-third complete and on budget, adding that policies were put in place for the venue’s massive grass tray system and diversity performance goals were well-exceeded by contractors.

Reportedly, Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building Cos., head contractors on the project, had 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%, which exceeds the goal of 15%, 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% of those are Nevada-based businesses.

Renderings courtesy of MANICA Architecture

The budget for the new Las Vegas stadium—future home of the National Football League’s Raiders—has just gone up by about $40 million, bringing the price tag to $1.9 billion.

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.)

Prior to that, 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.

“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 Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Other design elements 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.

Most recently, in February, PPG announced that it inked a multi-year corporate marketing agreement with the Raiders team. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the agreement did include that protective and decorative coatings from PPG will be featured in the new stadium.

What Now

The Review-Journal reported earlier this month that $40 million in additions were approved, raising the overall budget to $1.9 billion. The additions include 20 more suites and a field-level club area.

The Review-Journal reported earlier this month that $40 million in additions were approved, raising the overall budget to $1.9 billion. The additions include 20 more suites and a field-level club area.

So far, $944.7 million has been spent on the project and the final three of 26 steel canopy trusses are to be installed in the coming weeks. After the steel is topped off, the next task is to install the cable steel roofing system that will support the translucent roof. That work is scheduled for September and October and will likely take six to eight weeks.

While the steel work comes to a close, a lawsuit has been opened: A subcontractor for the stadium has filed a suit claiming that it’s owed $2.8 million for work.

The Raiders, the Las Vegas Stadium Events Co., the stadium authority, Mortenson-McCarthy, Merrill Iron & Steel and others were named as defendants in a mechanics lien filed by Florida-based ADF International.

Despite all the names on the suit, Webb said in an interview that the dispute is entirely between Merrill Steel and ADF.

“This is a lawsuit concerning a dispute over payments claimed to be owed by a second-tier subcontractor to third-tier supplier,” Webb said. “It does not involve any claims concerning payments made or owed by the Raiders, StadCo or the Stadium Authority.”

The lawsuit claims that Merrill breached its contract by failing to pay ADF within a timely manner. The Review-Journal reached out to Merrill’s president, Fredrick Schwalbach, who had no comment.

   

Tagged categories: Budget; Design; Good Technical Practice; Lawsuits; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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