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Las Vegas Office Update

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The completion of the 423,000 square foot Wynn Convention Center was a huge achievement for the entire Las Vegas team and included traditional framing and finishes, EIFS, FRP, GFRC and GFRG. “Due to schedule compression, we had to complete six months of work in three months’ time,” said Will Flannery, General Superintendent. Ultimately, KHS&S’ craftsmanship and problem-solving abilities exceeded the customer’s expectation for level of finish, quality and timing of delivery.

“One way to improve a delayed schedule is to prefab,” said Brian Harris, Project Superintendent. And prefab they did. The entire 85,000 square foot grand ballroom ceiling was framed in the yard in bus size pieces and then hoisted into the air for attachment to the sub ceiling structure. With more than 40,000 interior GFRG elements, the finish team expertly delivered the expected KHS&S quality.

“I was proud to be part of a project team that didn’t know how to quit, and we made it through one of the most challenging projects of my career,” said Hector Valdez, Taping General Foreman.

For the rebranding of the Virgin Hotel and Casino, construction design, archetype, production innovation and the project team synched together to innovate the execution of prefabricated framing of exterior panels and interior ceilings. This collaboration resulted in having only 10 percent of the framing conventionally completed on site. The team’s innovative expertise can be seen on the curved ceilings in the main lounge where framing spans nearly 70 feet across and is supported from the deck above. “The entire KHS&S suite of resources helped to revitalize the aging Hard Rock Hotel and Casino into a modern desert resort and destination,” said Brandon Kephart, newly appointed Area Operations Manager.

There were many facets to the work scope. Custom interior framing supported a large-scale GFRG dome surrounded by both acoustic and artistic decorative plaster. A center bar featured a die wall with custom sugar-coated veneer plaster. Planter and seat features were created of both GFRC and veneer plaster. Exterior framing, textures and finishes included breeze block walls and rammed earth walls.

2020 has been challenging with the pandemic forcing some projects to be pushed out with others being postponed. “I want to thank everyone in the Las Vegas office for the accomplishments we achieved,” said Kevin Nanney, Corporate Director, Field Operations. “During this time, we focused on training, improved our preconstruction planning process through Smart Sheet including all disciplines throughout the project cycle, increased use of innovations and saw the positive impact from value engineering and innovative ideas with the commitment ‘To Do Everything Better’.”