Shore Entrance Station Lake Mead|
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
246 East Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025
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,
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
a functional and attractive entrance station.
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