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Beverly Rogers Literature and Law Building (LLC)

Posted: November 17, 2021 | Projects

Founded in 1957, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a doctoral-degree-granting educational institute consisting of 28,000 students and 3,300 faculty and staff. 

Photo Courtesy of Eric Hiner/The Penta Building Group, LLC

UNLV offers more than 220 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. The Beverly Rogers Literature and Law Building (RLL) opened in 1962. Today, the building consists of four floors and a gross square footage of 92,738 feet. The scope of the renovation was for the first two floors of the building.

The Beverly Rogers s Literature and Law Building (RLL) included a complete renovation and building infill at an existing four-story structure on the UNLV campus. 

Renovation work occurred primarily on the first and second floors, with mechanical and plumbing work on the third and fourth levels. In addition, the exterior envelope was expanded by 800 square feet on the first floor. The team provided extensive preconstruction, design, and constructability reviews, including value engineering items. 

The renovation of the first and second floors consists of new office spaces, classrooms, common areas, restrooms, and conference rooms that will be used by UNLV’s English departments, Honors Departments, and Black Mountain Institute. 

Building Information Modeling (BIM) was used on this project to enhance project collaboration and communication. Specifically Assemble Systems and BIM 360 Glue were used to accomplish these goals.

Early in the project, Assemble was used to pull quantity information from the model to use in verifying and authenticating the takeoff quantities calculated by the team, using our standard workflows. Using Assemble, we were able to automate the process of accessing quantities from the models. The estimating team reduced the time spent calculating quantities by more than 50% versus traditional 2D takeoff processes. 

The extracted quantities were then used to validate quantities in the bids that subcontractors were providing to the construction team. By extracting quantities directly from the model, the project team experienced tremendous efficiency by reducing the time required for initial and subsequent takeoffs across iterations of the design. This allowed the estimating team to concentrate on high-value activities to better understand scope and constructability during the pre-construction phase. It also ensured that we were able to concentrate on schedule and budget integrity, and deliver value to the owner 

In addition to quantification, the project team used Assemble to identify variances between each iteration of the design models (both visually and quantitatively) and to apply that insight to avoid unnecessary change order costs during construction. Visual change management within Assemble allowed the project team to quickly identify changes and rapidly understand the project impact from the updated models.  

Additionally, the construction team would host weekly meetings to discuss significant clashes. All subcontractors were responsible for uploading their latest CAD files to 360 Glue every Monday and Thursday. PENTA would then run clash detection and send notifications to subcontractors who needed to move objects.

Unique to this project is a system called DIRTT walls, which allows the end-user to quickly change any wall to a different type of wall(e.g., A/V wall to glass or blank wall). It works as a perimeter framed wall with “panels” that are used to infill that wall with features such as wood, TVs, acoustical and electrical applications. 

The most daunting challenge with the project was the complete demolition of the first and second floor MEPs. The drawings simply showed ripping everything out and replacing with new systems. However, all systems for the continuously occupied third and fourth levels ran through the first and second floors. Each wire, duct, and fire sprinkler line had to be traced and identified to ensure that the team was not interfering with any system that would disrupt the occupants.

PENTA’s ability to be flexible in logistic planning and able to work in occupied spaces was crucial for the success of the in-progress 40,000 square foot first and second floor renovation of the UNLV RLL Building. Through preplanning by PENTA, UNLV has been able to keep the third and fourth floor of the RAJ building open and occupied throughout the entire duration of construction. With its involvement in working with UNLV and the design team, PENTA’s first ever true CMAR project has resulted in space that serves as a learning environment for students, instructors, and faculty.

Building Envelope: : Morin, a Kingspan Company 
Windows: Arcadia Group, Clear Focus Imaging, Inc.
Curtain Wall: PPG Solarban
Entrances & Storefronts: Pemko, Assa Abloy
Interior: DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Ltd., Sherwin Williams
Flooring: Daltile, Parterre Flooring Systems, Johnsonite, Tandus, Centiva, Sidec, Shaw, J & J
Lighting: 3G Lighting

General Contractor
The Penta Building Group, LLC
181 E. Warm Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
www.pentabldggroup.com

Architect 
Pugsley Simpson Coulter Architects 
2480 E. Tompkins Avenue, #222
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Structural Engineer 
Mendenhall Smith
3571 Red Rock Street, #A
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Mechanical Engineer
Henderson Engineers
5555 Redwood Street, #201
Las Vegas, NV 89118

Electrical Engineer
TJK Consulting Engineers, Inc.
5459 S. Durango Drive, #100
Las Vegas, NV 89113

Date Bid: August 2014 (Construction Manager at Risk)
Construction Period:  September 2014 to June 2015          
Total Square Feet:  44,830
Site:  .18 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.  
Building Sizes: First floor, 22,281; second floor, 22,549; total, 44,830 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 17’; second floor, 15’; Penthouse, 17’6”; total, 64’6”.  
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Curtain wall, metal panel.
Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the November/December 2021 issue of DCD

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