Las Vegas Paving Corp.

Las Vegas Paving Corp.’s history of performing major projects at McCarran International Airport is entering a new chapter. The company is roughly 92 percent complete on an infrastructure project supporting the ongoing construction of a third terminal at the airport. Las Vegas Paving’s $126 million contract includes paving asphalt roadways, installing new storm drain water and sewer facilities , a new jet fuel line and building 21 post tension box girder bridges as part of the roadway system, Project Manager Josh Mendenhall says.

Other work includes installing 100,000 square feet of mechanically stabilized earth walls, which are retaining walls made of pre-cast concrete panels stacked vertically and then stabilized by  reinforcing straps and manufactured material.

Work began in June 2008. Remaining work includes finishing landscaping, elec­trical wiring, open-grade paving and final striping and signage.

Major Coordination

Las Vegas Paving is adding a total of 8 miles of roadways in an oval pattern around the 110-acre terminal site. The roads will tie into the new Terminal 3 and three major parking lots as well as a $120 million, 6,000-space parking garage built by another contractor.

The project has required a significant coor­dination effort between Las Vegas Paving and other contractors on the site including Bechtel Corp., the construction manager hired by the Department of Aviation to oversee the project.

“We had to interface with all the contracts and make sure their work can progress as well as ours,” Mendenhall says. “There was a big coordination effort involved in getting the contract completed.”

The size and complexity of the project also demonstrates the importance of partnering with the project’s owners. “The biggest thing we’ve learned is how important it is to partner with the owner and agencies involved on a project of this scale and magnitude,” he adds. “It’s important if there are any issues to address those with the owner and get them resolved in a timely manner to not delay any other contracts associated with the Terminal 3 project.” 

Addressing Growth

The airport is owned and operated by the Clark County, Nev. Department of Aviation. The total cost of the Terminal 3 project is $2.4 billion, the department says.

The nearly 2 million-square-foot facility will allow for future growth within the entire southern Nevada travel industry and allow the airport to handle additional air traffic.

The terminal will add 14 gates to the airport’s capacity, with six of those designated for international carriers, the department says.

Terminal 3 will also include a ticketing lobby, two security checkpoints and a baggage claim area. Exterior work on the site is close to completion, with hundreds of workers now focusing on the building’s interior.

The project is funded through revenue generated from existing airport facilities as opposed to local tax dollars. Once it opens in June 2012, the new terminal will allow the airport to reach its maximum capacity of approximately 53 million air passengers a year, the department adds.

Company History

Las Vegas Paving Corp. was founded in 1958. The company has performed infrastructure and paving projects in the public and private sectors, with major clients including Clark County and the city of Las Vegas.

McCarran International Airport itself has been the site of many of the company’s past projects including a runway, apron expansions, and arterial road relocations, Mendenhall says.

“I believe we are one of the top construction companies in Nevada,” he adds. “We feel our quality and work speaks for itself.”

Services include excavation and grading, paving, material supplies such as gravel and asphalt, underground work, concrete, trucking, environmental work, and traffic control.

The company uses a large fleet of equipment, enabling it to handle a volume of more than $400 million per year, the company says.

Over the course of its history, the company has placed more than 30 million tons of asphalt, equalling more than 40,000 miles.

Las Vegas Paving’s work has been recognized by industry peers several times throughout its history. Major awards include the Nevada Con­tractors Association’s Highway Project of the Year and Contractor of the Year awards, the city of Las Vegas’ Contractor of the Year, and recognition as one of the top 300 highway contractors in the United States by Transportation Builder magazine.

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