LVCVA unan­i­mous in de­signer choice

Con­ven­tion cen­ter ex­pan­sion awarded to TVS

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - BUSINESS - By Richard N. Velotta Las Ve­gas Re­view-journal

Mon­day was the Oak­land Raiders’ day, with the team’s ground­break­ing event for a $1.9 bil­lion domed foot­ball sta­dium.

But Tues­day be­longed to the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Au­thor­ity board of di­rec­tors, which unan­i­mously ap­proved the se­lec­tion of a de­sign team for the ex­pan­sion of the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Af­ter rec­om­men­da­tions from LVCVA staffers and a com­mit­tee co­or­di­nat­ing the $1.4 bil­lion ex­pan­sion and ren­o­va­tion of the con­ven­tion cen­ter, the board ap­proved At­lanta-based TVS De­sign, which col­lab­o­rated with four Las Ve­gas-based ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers on the project.

The four lo­cal com­pa­nies are TSK Ar­chi­tects, Simp­son Coul­ter Stu­dio, Car­pen­ter Sell­ers Del Gatto Ar­chi­tects and KME Ar­chi­tects.

New ex­hi­bi­tion hall

The ex­pan­sion project in­cludes the de­vel­op­ment of a 600,000-square-foot ex­hi­bi­tion hall within 1.4 mil­lion square feet of new space. That will en­able the LVCVA to at­tract more con­ven­tions and trade shows, which usu­ally fill ho­tel rooms in mid­week pe­ri­ods.

The new space is ex­pected to at­tract an ad­di­tional 600,000 peo­ple to South­ern Ne­vada each year. The ex­pan­sion and ren­o­va­tion projects will pro­vide an es­ti­mated 14,000

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con­struc­tion jobs and 7,800 new per­ma­nent full-time jobs.

The ex­pan­sion is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the 2021 CES trade show. The ren­o­va­tion phase that fol­lows will be com­pleted by 2023 and will make the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter the sec­ond-largest in North Amer­ica, be­hind Chicago’s Mc­cormick Place.

“What gets us out of bed in the morn­ing is do­ing big, com­plex projects that are im­por­tant and have a mean­ing­ful im­pact on peo­ple’s lives,” said project ex­ec­u­tive and

TVS De­sign prin­ci­pal Robert Sved­berg. “The Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter ex­pan­sion is just that : big, in­tri­cate and po­si­tioned to de­liver a pos­i­tive im­pact on many lives. We are thrilled about the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate an iconic de­sign for the world’s great­est con­ven­tion city.”

Con­tract needs ap­proval

The ap­proval au­tho­rizes Pres­i­dent and CEO Rossi Ralenkot­ter to ne­go­ti­ate a con­tract with TVS that will be brought to the board at its Dec. 12 meet­ing.

The ex­pan­sion side of the twophase project will cost an es­ti­mated $860 mil­lion. Terry Jicin­sky, the LVCVA’S se­nior vice pres­i­dent of oper­a­tions, said that the con­tract with TVS would be ne­go­ti­ated but that the in­dus­try stan­dard is for a con­tract amount of be­tween 7 and 9 per­cent of the con­struc­tion con­tract, or around $60 mil­lion to $77 mil­lion.

The cost of de­sign ser­vices was not a part of the se­lec­tion process to en­sure that the de­ci­sion reached by a group of staffers and ex­pert eval­u­a­tors and af­firmed by the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Dis­trict com­mit­tee was based solely on the work.

The LVCVA is bound by Ne­vada ad­min­is­tra­tive code on the mat­ter.

“An ar­chi­tect, in­te­rior de­signer or res­i­den­tial de­signer who holds a cer­tifi­cate of reg­is­tra­tion shall not sub­mit any in­for­ma­tion to the state of Ne­vada or any of its po­lit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions as part of a pro­posal for a

A con­cep­tual ren­der­ing of the sec­ond phase of the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion Cen­ter ex­pan­sion. TVS De­sign

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