Las Vegas Sun: UNLV technology park expects to construct third building soon

The UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park in the southwest valley appears ready to begin construction on a new building.

Representatives of the Gardner Co., a Utah-based developer that signed onto the project northeast of Sunset Road and Durango Drive last year, said work should begin before the end of the year.

“We are planning on breaking ground and will have all the permits and everything in hand in the next 60 days,” said Dan Stewart, vice president of development for Gardner. “We’re looking to break ground in November or December.”

The $20 million building will be four stories and 120,000 square feet.

Plans for the 122-acre site call for a master-planned business, research and technology community featuring office and retail space. At buildout, the park will feature 10-15 buildings with up to 1.5 million square feet in office space.

Gardner said plans for the third building have been submitted to Clark County for review.

There are two buildings on the site now, with Illinois-based pharmaceutical company Catamaran in one building and charter school American Preparatory Academy in the other.

Although Stewart said it was difficult to secure tenants without a new structure built, he said that he has a pair of entities ready to go for two floors of the third building.

“We’re looking to do some sports research,” said Stewart, who declined to confirm specific tenants. “Incubator space, dry labs, getting into that whole autonomous world, biomed and everything else a true research park would have.”

UNLV President Len Jessup doubled down on the possibility of sports medicine research at the park in his annual State of the University address last week.

“In an interdisciplinary effort — from the medical school, nursing, physical therapy, athletic training, nutrition and community health sciences, and some non-health sciences … (we) are talking about joining forces for sports medicine,” Jessup said. “That’s the perfect thing for us to be doing, and faculty is starting to look at what that will look like.”

With the Vegas Golden Knights kicking off their inaugural NHL season next month and the pending arrival of the NFL’s Raiders in Las Vegas in 2020, Jessup said the situation is ripe to add sports research in the valley.

“It’s just a perfect time for this university to be doing that program,” he said. “It’s really exciting.”

Collaborating with UNLV’s School of Medicine has been discussed as well.

Initial work on the site, which was acquired by UNLV in 2005, began in 2015, with two buildings. One was a 100,000-square-foot facility for Catamaran, an Illinois-based pharmacy management company.

“The biggest problem was the recession,” Stewart said. “The whole office market valleywide was decimated during the recession.”

Gardner signed on after the UNLV Research Foundation decided to seek a developer that had experience working with similar projects. Gardner helped build facilities for the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, Adobe, Thumbtack and SolarCity, among others.

Gardner and the UNLV Research Foundation are promoting incentives such as sales and use-tax abatements to draw out-of-state tenants to the site. Good freeway and airport access as well as nearby retail, dining and shopping options are among the amenities being advertised to potential tenants.

UNLV’s partnership with Switch, which houses the school’s Intel Cherry Creek Supercomputer, is another key amenity.

“It’s a huge draw because of its speed,” Stewart said. “It’s easily one of the top five computers in the world. We believe that’s a huge draw for the type of high-tech companies we’re trying to entice to come.”

 

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VEGAS INC: Celebrating the 2017-18 Angel Awards

The winners of Greenspun Media Group’s Angel Awards exemplify the caring and compassion found throughout Southern Nevada.

For instance, Bob Sheridan of Cox Communications has devoted a large part of his life to volunteering. He’s pitched in with the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts, the United Way, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Cox Charities’ golf tournaments. “Volunteering takes our minds off ourselves, and puts our focus on doing something for other people who may be dealing with a difficult personal situation,” Sheridan said.

Another of our honorees, Stacey Wedding, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a small child; it was a diagnosis that influenced her philanthropic spirit into adulthood. She took some of the lessons she learned helping educate others about diabetes and molded them into Professionals in Philanthropy, an altruistic organization that’s celebrating its 11th anniversary.

It’s an honor to give a tip of the hat to the Sunrise Children’s Foundation, which has been instrumental in helping so many young lives in Southern Nevada — more than 150,000 children and families annually.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts may only be five years old, but it’s growing up fast. The Angel Award honoree has become instrumental in helping bring an arts education to Southern Nevada. For instance, it created the first annual Heart of Education Awards, honoring outstanding Clark County School District teachers.

When it comes to big dogs in the world of nonprofits, few are bigger than United Way of Southern Nevada. We’re honored to celebrate them, in part for their 60 years of service. The agency’s inaugural Day of Caring brought together more than 1,000 Southern Nevadans who donated their time at 23 nonprofit agencies and 16 schools — and that’s just one day in a long calendar of giving for United Way.

We’re happy to shine a spotlight on SR Construction, which has integrated giving into its corporate culture. The company has raised money to help seniors, the Red Cross, Three Square, Best Buddies Nevada and multiple programs for veterans, among others.

Another company helping Southern Nevadans be the best they can be is Barrick Gold Corporation. In 2016, the company invested more than $9.7 million into our communities. They’ve been strong supporters of education, the arts and environmental stewardship.

We’re proud to name them all winners of our Angel Awards.

Keep your eyes open for our Giving Guide, where you’ll also get profiles about local organizations you might not have heard of before now. The profiles explain volunteering opportunities that are available and myriad ways that you can help. Our index of nonprofits at the back comes from Internal Revenue Service records and is one of the most comprehensive lists of charities in Southern Nevada that you will find. It’s a resource that we couldn’t bring to you without the support of the Caesars Foundation and MGM Resorts International. We’re also grateful to the Westgate for hosting the Angel Awards event.

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PHILANTHROPIC BUSINESS OF THE YEAR-PRIVATE

SR Construction

For more than 26 years, SR Construction has been committed to strengthening its community and prioritizing opportunities to provide civic service when possible.

The company was founded in 1991 as a full-service general contractor, and has since completed more than 1,200 projects throughout the Southwest.

SR Construction has excelled not only in designing and building health care, hospitality and commercial servicing markets, but in building community relations. This year, as part of the Henderson Hospital team, it conducted a Hard Hat Challenge, raising nearly $10,000 for the Henderson Senior Nutrition Fund, an organization serving at-risk seniors to help keep them out of nursing homes and being able to live independently.

The firm continued its efforts with Henderson Hospital by partnering with Fox 5 in two community charity events: a blood drive that collected 131 units of blood for the American Red Cross, and the “Supply Our Students (SOS)” school supplies drive that assembled more than 1,000 backpacks full of supplies for students in need.

In addition to these charitable events, the SR team participates in the City of Las Vegas Corporate Challenge, donates to Three Square Food Bank, and sponsors a youth basketball team. The general contracting firm recently donated supplies and labor to assist Best Buddies with the renovation of its new office space. Thanks to the SR team, Best Buddies Nevada will be able to better serve over 25,000 individuals within our state.

President Scott Loughridge is committed to supporting America’s veterans by donating annually to the Wounded Warrior Project, Freedom Alliance, Navy SEAL Foundation, and Semper Fi Fund.

“At SR Construction, volunteering and being active supporters of our community are things that are integrated into our company culture,” Loughridge said. “We encourage all of our team members to get involved, and the best way to do so is to lead by example. All of our top-level executives truly set the bar high, as giving back to the community is a personal desire.”

— Howard Riell

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Nevada Business Magazine: Movers & Shakers, Daniel Campbell, S.E.

 

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Healthcare Design Magazine: Starting Point, Henderson Hospital

Henderson Hospital, part of The Valley Health System (VHS; Las Vegas), is—by design and location—a landmark in Henderson, Nev. Opening in October 2016, it’s the first tenant at Union Village, a 151-acre integrated health village, where services—including inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, home health, senior living, and wellness—will be collocated alongside residential and retail components.

For VHS, a subsidiary of Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS; King of Prussia, Pa.), which owns and operates the hospital, the project provided the opportunity to round out its network of services and deliver care to future residents of the village as well as to residents of Henderson, the second-largest city in Nevada after Las Vegas and an area previously underserved by the system. In June 2013, UHS signed a letter of intent to purchase 35 acres in Union Village to build the hospital, with ground breaking in October 2014.

Today, the 247,000-square-foot Henderson Hospital is prominently positioned at the village’s main entrance and adjacent to a village promenade, a quarter-mile pedestrian connector that runs throughout the site, providing an entry point that defines the healthcare focus of the site and supports the overall campus aesthetic.

Cohesive design
The Union Village campus is designed to convey a resort-like feel, and the four-story hospital follows suit with a sleek exterior profile complemented by blue, brown, and tan hues that blend in with the southern Nevada locale. “We looked at ways of using simple color changes to create more interest,” says George Vangelatos, design director at HMC Architects (Sacramento, Calif.), the architect of record and executive architect on the hospital project. For example, some of the exterior glass is tinted blue, while in other places, bands of blue tile are used to break up the volume of the building.

Inside, the facility houses 130 private beds, an emergency department, four ORs, and a top-floor women’s department that includes a 12-bed NICU. Shell space has been created for another 30 acute care beds and two more ORs. Exterior and interior design elements were coordinated to create a cohesive statement, says Rebecca Brennan, principal of Design Studio Blue LLC (Denver), which handled the project’s interior design along with Gallun Snow (Denver). For example, blue tones and geometric patterns used in an outdoor eating area are brought inside and repeated at the cafeteria serving line via a blue mosaic wall tile. The bright, modern environment also incorporates nature-inspired upholstery patterns; shimmering and matte finishes on the furniture, walls, and floor; and soft paint colors.

To improve the patient experience, the design team employed several design features in the private patient rooms to contribute to a quiet and calming environment, including locating nurses’ stations behind glass walls and giving the staff a silent nurse call system that uses wireless phones instead of overhead paging. The project team also addressed healthcare-associated infections by using silver ion-infused countertops in the patient care areas, antimicrobial coatings on the door handles, and an indigo lighting system that kills bacteria in the surgery department’s perioperative and recovery spaces.

Since the greenfield project didn’t have an existing staff to help guide operational and design decisions, the team reached out to clinicians and staff members at nearby VHS facilities for input. “They participated with us in the early planning sessions, where we talked about things like nurse-to-patient ratios, what their forecasts were for the future, trends in acuity level of patients, [and] the level of care that they would be providing,” says Steve Wilson, associate and principal in charge at HMC Architects (San Diego). From this process, the design team decided to include an acuity-adaptable unit, with code-required gas hookups and appropriate clearances around beds, for future patients who require higher levels of care.

Collaborative planning
From the start, the owner wanted the hospital built “on time, on budget, and without a lot of waste,” says Tina Coker, chief nursing officer (CNO) at Henderson Hospital. To achieve these goals, 10 companies signed on to an integrated Lean project delivery (ILPD) form of agreement, including: Amfab Steel Specialties Inc. (North Salt Lake, Utah), Anning-Johnson Inc. (Las Vegas), Bergelectric (North Las Vegas), Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers Inc. (Sacramento, Calif.), Excel Engineering (Escondido, Calif.), HMC Architects, SR Construction (Las Vegas), Southland Industries (Las Vegas), Turner Construction Co. (Los Angeles), and UHS. Utilizing Lean principles, the integrated form of agreement, and target value design, the team completed the project in 27 months. “More important than the 27 months, we were able to guarantee the date two years in advance and deliver it on time,” says Joe Garcia, senior project manager at SR Construction.

Additionally, IPD offered a platform to address issues that surfaced early on. For example, Tim Ott, assistant director of project management at UHS, says the project site was home to an old quarry and required more than 30 feet of fill in some locations. “The original placement of the building was straddling a plateau and a deep fill area,” he says. “In a traditional delivery model, the architect and civil engineer would design the building in their preferred location of choice, and the contractors would have had challenges with inconsistent settling and schedule delays.” Instead, the ILPD team members together identified a solution during the design phase, saving both time and money. Ott says: “Time by not having to wait for the deep fill to settle for three months and money by not having to redo the design after the contractors would have identified the issue.”

The project team also employed prefabrication and on-site modular construction to contribute to a faster construction process, including mocking up an operational modular bathroom prototype at Southland Industries’ plumbing fabrication shop for approval before installation in the patient rooms.

These collaborative efforts resulted not only in efficiencies in space and planning but also significant financial savings for the team, which allowed the client to fund more than $1.5 million in additional design features and amenities for the project, SR Construction’s Garcia says. For example, a standalone autoclave building for handling medical waste was located adjacent to the hospital. “The original plan was to outsource this service to one of [VHS’] sister facilities,” Garcia says. “The enclosure as well as the purchase of the equipment was made possible due to productivity and innovative cost-saving strategies.”

A continuum of care
In addition to Henderson Hospital, VHS has also opened Henderson Medical Plaza, an 84,000-square-foot medical office building (MOB), designed by GSR Andrade Architects Inc. (Dallas) and located 200 feet from the hospital. The health system has plans to add another MOB and two other medical-use buildings in the future, too—all of which will be connected via the village promenade, which is designed to offer easy navigation between the hospital and future village townhouses, apartments, condominiums, and senior communities, as well as retail and restaurants. “In every direction, we have connections,” Vangelatos says.

Sharon Schnall is a writer based in Ohio. She can be reached at schnallwriting@yahoo.com. Anne DiNardo is executive editor of Healthcare Design. She can be reached at anne.dinardo@emeraldexpo.com.

Project details

Completion date: August 2016

Owner: Universal Health Services

Total building area: 247,000 sq. ft.

Total project construction cost: $180.8 million

Cost/sq. ft.: $531

Architecture: HMC Architects

Interior design: Gallun Snow/Design Studio Blue

Contracting: Turner/SR Construction

Engineering: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers (structural), TJK Consulting Engineers Inc. (electrical), Southland Industries (mechanical/plumbing), Excel Engineering (civil)

Landscaping: Southwick Landscape Architects

Construction: Turner/SR Construction, Bergelectric (electrical, low voltage, fire life safety), Southland Industries (HVAC, plumbing, fire sprinkler, medical gases), Amfab Steel (structural steel), Walter and Wolf (glazing), Penta (site hardscape, roads, and parking)

Art/pictures: Daniel Day with Health Environment Art Services

AV equipment/electronics/software: Bergelectric

Carpet/flooring: Flooring Solutions Inc.

Ceiling/wall systems: Grani Installation/Anning Johnson

Doors/locks/hardware: American Door

Fabric/textiles: Construction Specialties

Furniture—seating/casegoods: Western Casework

Handrails/wall guards: Henri Specialties

Headwalls/booms: Bergelectric, Southland Industries

Lighting: Bergelectric

Signage/wayfinding: Poblocki

Surfaces—solid/other: Western Casework

Wallcoverings: Henri Specialties

Other: TriMark Raygal (food service equipment), Guardian (prefabricated OR ceilings), Contract Décor (window coverings), Midwest Pro (painting), Swisslog (pneumatic tube system)

 

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Healthcare Design Magazine: Dignity Health Opens Two New Neighborhood Hospitals

Two new neighborhood hospitals in Las Vegas are now complete. In 2016, Dignity Health and Emerus announced the joint venture to bring four new neighborhood hospitals to the valley.

The North Las Vegas Campus Neighborhood Hospital is located in North Las Vegas and was the first to be built in the state. The three-story building is approximately 58,600-square-feet and houses a licensed hospital on the first floor. In addition to 16 patient rooms, the hospital has a diagnostic imaging suite, lab, inpatient waiting room and space for primary care and specialty physicians in addition to a wellness center.

The Blue Diamond Campus Neighborhood Hospital is located in Las Vegas and was the second of four facilities to open. The 27,000-square-foot, two-story building mirrors a similar layout housing a licensed hospital on the first floor. In addition to 16 patient rooms, the hospital has a diagnostic imaging suite, lab, inpatient waiting room and space for primary care and specialty physicians, in addition to a wellness center located on the second floor.

SR Construction (Las Vegas) served as the general contractor for both projects.

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Las Vegas Informer: SR Construction Builds First Two Neighborhood Hospitals for Dignity Health

SR Construction announced the completion of two of the valley’s first neighborhood hospitals. In 2016, Dignity Health and Emerus announced the joint venture to bring four new neighborhood hospitals to the valley. SR Construction is the general contractor for the North Las Vegas Campus and Blue Diamond Campus.

The North Las Vegas Campus Neighborhood Hospital is located at 1550 W. Craig Road in North Las Vegas and was the first to be built in the state. The three-story building is approximately 58,600-square-feet and houses a licensed hospital on the first floor. In addition to 16 patient rooms, the hospital has a diagnostic imaging suite, lab, inpatient waiting room and space for primary care and specialty physicians in addition to a wellness center.

The Blue Diamond Campus Neighborhood Hospital is located at 4855 Blue Diamond Road in Las Vegas and was the second of four facilities to open. The 27,000-square-foot, two-story building mirrors a similar layout housing a licensed hospital on the first floor. In addition to 16 patient rooms, the hospital has a diagnostic imaging suite, lab, inpatient waiting room and space for primary care and specialty physicians, in addition to a wellness center located on the second floor.

“This is an exciting time for healthcare in our community and we are honored to have been a contributing partner,” said Bret Loughridge, vice president of operations at SR Construction. “It has been gratifying to be a part of the North Las Vegas Campus opening in June, quickly followed by the Blue Diamond Campus opening in July.”

SR Construction is a full service design/build general contracting company that was founded in 1991 by owner Scott Loughridge. Originally licensed in Nevada, Arizona and Utah, they have expanded over the past 26 years to include 11 states throughout the southwest, servicing markets including healthcare, hospitality and commercial. The company prides itself on following the “SR Built Process,” which focuses on delivering quality products in an efficient time frame while providing clients with unmatched service. The company has completed in excess of 1,200 projects throughout the southwest for which they have received numerous awards by various local and national organizations. For more information, visit www.srbuilt-usa.com.

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Trosper Communications Names New Assistant Account Executive | Kellie Stewart Joins the Public Relations Firm

Trosper Communications, LLC, is proud to announce the hiring of Kellie Stewart as a new Assistant Account Executive. As an Assistant Account Executive, Kellie will assist in the public relations efforts for the agency’s public safety and business-to-business sectors.

“Kellie is a welcome addition,” said Elizabeth Trosper, principal of Trosper Communications. “She worked extensively with many of our clients and we were more than happy to have her join our team.” Kellie has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Trosper Communications, LLC is a full service public relations and advertising firm, with a wide range of clients and expertise. For more information on Trosper Communications, LLC please visit www.TrosperCommunications.com.

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Commercial Property Executive: UNLV, Gardner Carry Forward Tech Park Development

The Harry Reid Research and Technology Park will spread over 122 acres of land and will encompass 12 office buildings comprising more than 1.5 million square feet of commercial office space.

Gardner Co. along with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are moving forward with the Harry Reid Research and Technology Park, a 122-acre master-planned research and technology community in Las Vegas. Gardner Co. has been retained by UNLV Research Foundation as master developer of the tech park.

The facility was spearheaded in conjunction with Ed Vance & Associates and the initial plans call for 12 office buildings comprising more than 1.5 million square feet of commercial office space. Upon completion, the tech park will encompass five-story office buildings with steel and concrete structural elements that include glass, stone and efis.

PARK AMENITIES

The community will mix technology trailblazers with emerging enterprises, being located in a highly sought-after area of Southern Nevada. Additionally, the expansive park will offer top-of-the-line facilities to accommodate all business configurations. The Tech Park will contribute to the discovery and incubation of new innovative technologies.

Burke Construction Group serves as the development’s general contractor of phase one for the park, while Slater Hanifan Group has been appointed as civil engineer.

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Gardner Company Selects General Contractor for UNLV Research & Technology Park

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Gardner Company is proud to announce Burke Construction Group as the general contractor in the development of phase one for the UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park.

“It is a privilege to be selected as the general contractor in the first phase of development for the UNLV Harry Reid Research & Technology Park,” said Kevin Burke, President and CEO of Burke Construction Group. “There are high expectations surrounding the project and we look forward to showcasing our skills in an effort to enhance our community and UNLV.”

The Gardner Company is a full service real estate company specializing in the development of office, retail, industrial and medical buildings. The company was appointed Master Developer in September and will build and lease the space at the research and technology park.

Partner and Vice President of Development for Gardner Company’s southern Nevada office, Dan Stewart said, “Kevin Burke and his team come highly regarded and we are not only confident in their work, but excited to have them join us in this landmark project.”

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VEGAS INC: Women and Minority Owned Business List

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Excited to have our client World Wide Safety, as well as Trosper Communications, on the VEGAS INC Women and Minority Owned Business list!

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