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$980M Vegas Convention Center Project Hits Halfway

Friday, November 1, 2019

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Late last month, officials with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced that construction on the convention center’s $980.3 million expansion has reached the halfway mark.

The new exhibition hall is one part of the larger $1.52 billion project that will also renovate the existing convention center.

The Project

Renderings for the overhaul were first revealed last April by TVS Design (Atlanta), which took lead on the project, working with TSK Architects, Simpson Coulter Studio, Carpenter Sellers Sel Gatto Architects and KME Architects.

Early designs showed a broad entry featuring an atrium and food court, as well as a rooftop terrace. The design element that got the most attention was referred to as a “roofline ribbon,” which the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported will serve as a wayfinding system and identify main entrances to the various halls.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Late last month, officials with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced that construction on the convention center’s $980.3 million expansion has reached the halfway mark.

In September, the LVCVA approved a $758.1 million construction-manager-at-risk contract with the Harris-Turner JV for the new hall, which is expected to be completed by Dec. 1, 2020. That contract includes $691 million in construction costs, a $48 million GMP contingency and an $18 million construction management fee.

In addition to the hall, the LVCVA and project manager Terry Miller, of Cordell Corp., agreed to three additional projects at the time that include building landscaping, wall buffers and a canopy over the building’s loading docks, which total $10 million. Reports also note that the LVCVA has agreed to contribute $10 million for hazardous-material remediation at the site.

Two months later, Cordell Corp. was granted a $14.5 million contract as a builder representative.

In May, Harris-Turner was awarded a $45.2 million contract for the two-year renovation of the four existing exhibition halls. That project is expected to begin in January 2021, just after the new hall is completed.

The JV reportedly listed a fixed fee of $3.5 million for pre-construction services on renovations, according to the Review-Journal. Other finalists for the bid included AECOM Hunt and The Penta Building Group.

Klai Juba Wald and Design Las Vegas have been designated as architects of record for that project.

In addition to the convention center expansion and renovation, the project will also be home to a tunnel to transport visitors, giving Elon Musk’s The Boring Company its first commercial contract, a $48.6 million endeavor approved by the LVCVA at the end of May.

The LVCVA selected The Boring Company as one of the firms to enter into exclusive contract negotiations to design, construct and operate a Loop system for the Las Vegas Convention Center. The loop is to provide a fast and convenient transportation option for convention and trade show attendees on the LVCC campus.

The Campus Wide People Mover, the project’s initial design, is focused around the convention center. The Authority estimated that visitors would have to travel 2 miles from one end of the convention center to the other, a distance that warranted the transportation solution.

Officials announced last month that work on the tunnel had officially begun and it—along with the expansion—is slated to open in January 2021.

The Progress

The 1.4 million-square-foot expansion, which is set to feature a 600,000-square-foot exhibition hall, will connect to the existing 3.2 million-square-foot convention center and will form what will reportedly be the second-largest conference facility in North America.

What’s more, that exhibition hall will include 328,000 square feet of column-free space, which officials are calling the largest such space in North America.

Currently at the job site about 950 workers are on in two shifts, though the number of laborers is estimated to peak at 1,200, once specialized craftsmen completed detail work.


Tagged categories: Commercial Construction; Convention Centers; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects

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