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  North Shore Entrance Station Lake MeadNorth Shore Entrance Station Lake Mead

General Contractor & Cost Estimator

Kevcon, Inc.
246 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025

General Description

Location: Clark County, Nevada
Date Bid: Oct 2010
Construction Period: June 2011 to Jan 2012
Total Square Feet: 480 Site: n/a.
Number of Buildings: Two; main building & satellite building.
Building Size: Main building, 440; satellite building, 40; total, 480.
Building Height: First floor, 11’6”; total, 11’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, stucco.
Roof: Membrane, metal canopy. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Architect/Structural/MEP Engineer: United States Department of the Interior - National Parks Service - 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, Denver, CO 80225
Geotechnical Engineer: Cesare, Inc. - 106 Cassia Way, Henderson, NV 89014

The North Shore Entrance Station of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada looks like a simple structure of connected ticket booths that complements the surrounding scenery. However, completing the $1.01 million new construction project, 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas, was as detailed and complex as a much larger undertaking. The reason is simple. Location.

When the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service awarded the project, Kevcon's management team knew the site's sheer remoteness would be an issue. With the closest major city, Las Vegas, more than an hour away and the nearest small town 10 miles away, getting subcontractors and materials to the site efficiently and on time required forethought and organization. So, while it would seem that a no-frills 440-square-foot main building with administrative and bathroom facilities and a 40-square-foot satellite building would be simple to complete, the construction had challenges from the start.

As the area is home to the endangered Desert Tortoise, Kevcon brought on a full-time environmentalist as part of the team. The team had to ensure that no tortoises were living in the construction zone, build special fencing to secure the zone from tortoises entering it, and remain diligent for the nine month, May to February, construction.

Although protecting an endangered species was new to the team, managing the logistics of a challenging location was not. The remoteness of the site, however, did make the project unlike other assignments. Without easy access to supplies, everyone, including the subcontractors from Las Vegas, had to be self-sufficient, arriving every day with all necessities on hand. Kevcon had to maintain resources like generators for power and gas, as well as large water tanks, onsite so machines could run and work continue at a steady pace. Arrangements also had to be made for everything from concrete and asphalt to the buildings' bulletproof windows and surrounding light poles to arrive at appropriate times to maintain progress as completion day was set'the first day of Lake Mead's 2012 boating season.

With Lake Mead's popularity, visitors streamed into the area throughout the project. This added further challenge to the project as the two-lane, 55-mile-per-hour highway remained open throughout construction. The traffic volume prompted Kevcon to take particular care educating their subcontractors about the company's stringent safety procedures, Kevcon's successful Think - Act - Be SAFE program. Further, the team scheduled its workweek from Monday through Thursday to leave the busiest visitor days, Friday through Sunday, off of the weekly agenda. The team also began work very early, not only to avoid the heat of the day, but to capture a block of time before traffic became an issue.

Kevcon faced another challenge when the electrical subcontractor had to pull out unexpectedly. As the Station was designed as a solar-powered structure, the team had to internally manage the installation of the electrical work while addressing the learning curve that comes with an unfamiliar system. Fortunately, Kevcon managed to bring the electrical company's foreman onto the project to guarantee that the work, which included large solar generators, was properly done. Meanwhile, the Kevcon team maintained the work schedule without disruption to the overall project.

In the end, pre-planning and flexibility were key to the successful completion, and, as Lake Mead's busiest season began in 2012, visitors and National Park Service employees alike beheld a welcome sight in the remote desert'
a functional and attractive entrance station.

Product Information
Stucco: Omega
Gypsum: ProRoc Type X by CertainTeed
Acoustical: Armstrong Cirrus
Canopy: Fabral Metal Roof Panels
Membrane: FiberTite KEE Roof by Seaman Corporation
Security Windows: Quikserv Model SS-4035E
Glass: Armor Resist Bullet Resistant Glass by U.S. Armor Doors: Steelcraft


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