Construction Experts On Las Vegas Projects

Construction_Engineering_43169The construction crash in Las Vegas raises questions about the future of several large developments.  “Projects have been halted over the years for a number of reasons,” says Neil Opfer, associate professor of construction management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “But we’ve never seen projects being halted on this scale.”

Construction experts Opfer and Mark Adams write that one such project is ECHELON, 3000 Las Vegas Blvd. South.  It was supposed to have risen from the ashes of the Stardust this year. Instead, this $4.8 billion project began the Strip deconstruction trend in August 2008. After building a central plant and four nine-story shells to various degrees of incompletion, Boyd Gaming laid off its construction crew and design team. Eventually, the cranes were removed.   “It can’t be good for Vegas when tourists look out their windows and see signs of trouble like this,” Opfer said.   Last November, Keith Smith, Boyd’s chief executive officer, told the Review-Journal that Echelon will be revived, in some form, but not for another three to five years.  The silver lining, according to Opfer, is that the dry climate will let these structures stand for another 10 years — five guaranteed — before decay requires remedial action or tear-down.

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One Response to “Construction Experts On Las Vegas Projects”

  1. Let me jot down the name and address of this project, and make sure to contact the new owners in 5 to 10 years, after this project is left to sit incomplete and open to the elements. It will be a real boon to the forensic industry in Las Vegas, not that they need the work.