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  Harris Consulting Engineers Utilize Tilt Up for New Corporate Center

Harris Consulting Engineers, LLCs new headquarters near the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas is constructed using tilt-up concrete panels and increased insulation to protect from disruptive airport noise.The new corporate office building for Harris Consulting Engineers, LLC is located in the expanding Spencer Airport Business Park near McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Harris Consulting Engineers has been engaged in the private practice of professional mechanical and electrical engineering in the greater Las Vegas area since 1983. After 20 years of leasing office space, Tom Harris decided the time was right to invest in his own building. His desire was to provide a space designed around the specific needs of the firm’s growing engineering staff; and he wanted this new space to be more functional, more ergonomic and more comfortable than what was available in the current leasing market.

The new office is constructed of tiltup concrete painted in the colors of desert sand and sky blue to blend with the exterior design of other buildings in the complex. Because of the property’s proximity to airport runways, sound attenuation was a major consideration in the design. The challenge was resolved through the installation of R-19 fiber batting throughout the building’s ceiling, and R-11 fiber batting to full height of interior walls, protecting the interior space from disruptive airport noise. The office still enjoys a view of the airport runway activity and the lights of the Las Vegas strip beyond. As an added safety precaution, the exterior design also includes a state-of-the-art security system, with live feed to in-house computer monitors from the security monitoring website.

The new headquarters of Harris Consulting Engineers includes a 10,000-square-foot production area, where modular workstations promote dialogue and collaboration among various teams.The interior focuses on optimum functionality, while maintaining a professional feel, thanks to space planning and interior design provided by JMA Architecture Studios of Las Vegas. The main entrance leads to visitor spaces, which include a well-appointed reception area, the corporate conference room and executive offices. Beyond this point the office opens into a 10,000-square-foot production area, where modular workstations promote dialogue and collaboration among various office teams. The 12-foot ceilings are accented by direct/indirect lighting fixtures set on the diagonal, creating architectural interest as well as serving the very practical purpose of preventing glare from overhead lights on computer monitors. The clean look of the high-tech work spaces, designed by Offices Made of Las Vegas, are completed with computer hardware and flat screen monitors at each station. Various offices and support functions surround this central production area, creating a traffic pattern that enhances the efficiency of this collaborative space and allows the least amount of disruption to teams at work.

Other new office features include a climate-controlled server room dedicated to keeping computer and electronic equipment at optimal operating temperatures, and a warehouse area designed with future expansion in mind, allowing the possibility of an additional 5,000 square feet of office space.

The project was completed in March 2005. B. H. Miller, Las Vegas was the general contractor with Harris Consulting Engineers, LLC serving as the mechanical and electrical engineer.

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