The New York based company, EnGoPLANET, has introduced to Las Vegas Kinetic Energy Pads and Solar Streetlights powered by footsteps and sunlight. Four streetlights and eight kinetic pads have been installed and are working in downtown Boulder Plaza sidewalks, and in Las Vegas’ Art’s District Plaza, between Main street and First Street. The kinetic pads are imbedded in the ground with a small solar panel mounted on top. Micro generators sit below the kinetic pads, creating energy, every time someone steps on them. Each footstep can create 4 to 8 watts, depending on the pressure of the step. The light poles will also include charging stations with universal serial bus ports. These kinetic pads are sure to be a big hit during First Friday events, with increased crowds walking up and down the sidewalk, taking part in America’s Clean Energy Act.
Calling all hockey fans, sports fanatics and community enthusiasts!
The Las Vegas Nevada Hockey League Franchise will be hosting an event located just east of Pavilion Center Drive and south of Griffith Peak Drive to kick off the construction of our Las Vegas community’s FIRST NHL Practice Facility in Downtown Summerlin!
This event, which will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, will be open to the public from 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM. During this time, you will have the amazing opportunity to meet with some of our community leaders and NHL Franchise members that made this possible, including:
Bill Foley, majority owner of the Las Vega NHL team
George McPhee, General Manager, Las Vegas NHL team
Steve Sisolak, Chairman of the Clark County Commission
Susan Brager, Clark County Commissioner
Kevin Orrock, President of Summerlin for The Howard Hughes Corporation
More information about the practice facility can be found at www.vegasishockey.com
Hope to see you there for this AWESOME event!
NEED ARTISTS FOR PUBLIC PROJECT!
We’ve all seen the various artfully painted metal utility boxes around Las Vegas. They offer a much needed visual break to the tedious wait at stop lights. They can be whimsical, thought provoking, or just colorful images, but they are always a site for road blurry eyes.
Clark County’s 11th public art project, ZAP 9!: ZAPPED ON THE WAY TO LONE MOUNTAIN, is getting underway to artistically beautify the Lone Mountain area in northwest part of the Las Vegas valley. The county is soliciting proposals from 15 individual artists to paint utility boxes located on the streets in the Lone Mountain area.
This highly successful art project, using local community artists, has been in existent since 2005. ZAP 2 through 8 has added interesting and artistic value to several neighborhoods in Clark County Nevada, including Winchester, Paradise Park, the Historic West Las Vegas, Cambridge, Desert Breeze Park, Whitney, Parkdale, along Maryland Parkway and even Laughlin, Nevada.
Now is your chance to be a part of the beautification of our city! Clark County is accepting proposals until October 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM. For more information, contact our office, Construction Notebook and we’ll email you free of charge more details on ZAP 9.
Construction Notebook had the wonderful opportunity to attend an open house to a project nearly two decades in the making, and one of Nevada’s biggest public works projects in history: Project Neon. Project Neon is an extensive project by the Federal Highway Administration and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), focusing on expanding and reducing traffic along Highway 95, Interstate 15, the interchange in between, as well as the local side streets and roads along that stretch of highway. The goals of Project Neon are not only to improve the safety aspect, but also to reduce traffic congestion, reduce travel delays, create jobs, improve air quality, improve freeway operations, reduction of cars weaving in and out of traffic, new surface street connections, easier access to enter and exit the freeways, and better / easier access to downtown.
This area, lovingly referred to as the Spaghetti Bowl by Las Vegas residents, is prone to having heavy traffic congestion and many accidents. The 3.7-mile stretch of I-15, from Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl, is the busiest stretch of roadway in Nevada, with over 300,000 vehicles traveling along it per day and 25,000 lane changes per hour. Unfortunately, this high rate of traffic causes upwards of 3 accidents every day. Traffic in this area is expected to double by the year 2035, which is why it is of the utmost importance to ensure the safety and easy access of this roadway.
Project Neon is a Design-Build project that has been in the works for over 20 years, and currently is about 45% complete for the design phase, and will continue to be Design-Build, through the 3 phases of the project, until its completion. Construction is set to begin at the end of the month (June 2016), starting with drainage improvements and expansion along the local roadways that enter and exit the freeway, such as Grand Central Pkwy., Martin Luther King Blvd., and Western Ave., as well as completing the structural necessities for the construction of ATM’s. In 2017, the first of the actual freeway work begins (which does include some lane closures over the duration) with over 300 days’ worth of work along Highway 95. The construction is scheduled to peak in 2018, when the work along the I-15 will occur. Within ten months, between Nascar weekend and Thanksgiving (March – November), the major work will commence, including the I-15 mainline and HOV Flyovers (continuing into 2019). Once work along the I-15 has been completed, construction along local roads will be finished, along with the wonderful addition of creating access from Downtown directly to Industrial Road, scheduled to conclude in 2019.
Two of the major aspects to the success of this project are the additions of improved HOV Flyovers and Automated Traffic Management systems (ATM’s). Part of Project Neon consists of NDOT converting the current I-15 express lanes into one HOV lane and one general purpose lane. There will also be the added benefit of constructing a direct connector between the HOV lanes of Hwy. 95 and the new HOV lane for I-15. This connection, known as the Neon Gateway, is the highlight of the project. An HOV lane is dedicated for the use of vehicles with a high occupancy, including buses, carpools, and other vehicles with more than one occupant. HOV lanes encourage moving more people with less vehicles, is the most common type of managed lanes, can reduce peak-period travel time and provide more consistent commute times. HOV lanes also provide cost savings, by allowing savings on fuel and vehicle maintenance, and traffic congestion management, as a normal highway lane can carry 1,500 – 2,500 vehicles per hour, while HOV lanes (and vehicles with more occupants) can encourage people to travel together, which will cause less vehicles to be on the road at one time. The other important aspect to this project is the construction of ATM’s or Automated Traffic Management Systems. NDOT projects that by the end of the project, upwards of 50 of these ATM’s will be placed along the construction area, with 12 of these to be constructed early on (2016), before Project Neon construction even begins to serve as a valuable traffic management tool during construction. These ATM’s will show, in real time, which lanes are open / closed (allowing people to merge to other lanes quickly and easily to avoid traffic build up at merge points), give estimated destination times, as well as accident and traffic reports. The Project Neon ATM system will feature full-color, high-resolution dynamic message signs. The new ATM’s will be far more sophisticated than the existing signage along the freeways now as these new display signs will span all lanes and provide lane-specific speed limits, lane control and other messages. The ATM’s will be strategically placed, for optimal sight distance at an approx. spacing of every half-mile. Another interesting aspect to these ATM’s is that they can actual collect data about average speeds, congestion times and other traffic information to reduce the severity of traffic congestion and increase travel flow. CCTV Camera coverage will also allow ATM operators to identify and confirm incidents and congestion.
Project Neon is an exciting change and construction opportunity, not only for the construction industry, but for Las Vegas as a whole. It will be very exciting to watch this project come together and see what wonderful opportunities can arise from it. If you would like more information on Project Neon or NDOT’s work in general, feel free to visit their website, www.nevadadot.com.
Goodwill of Southern Nevada has officially started construction on one of three new locations to be opened in the Las Vegas Valley. Steve Chartrand, President and CEO of Goodwill, decided to move from Nashville, TN to Las Vegas, NV in 1996 after recognizing the ‘tremendous market potential’ of the Las Vegas Valley. On June 19, 1997, in a shopping center, at the intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Charleston Boulevard, opened the first Goodwill location in Las Vegas. This store was relocated in February of 2013, as part of Goodwill’s five-year plan to double in retail size by 2017. Goodwill, which has grown substantially over the course of its 20 years in Las Vegas, will be able to boast of 18 locations within the Las Vegas Valley after the completion of this construction project.
This new Goodwill location, at 1401 S Boulder Highway, at the intersection of Horizon Drive and Boulder Highway, in the Horizon Town Center Plaza, in Henderson, is estimated to be completed in spring of 2017. The new Goodwill will be a 17,000 SF property, with 11,000 SF dedicated as a sales floor, as well as a two-lane, covered, drive-thru donation center. In addition to the Boulder Highway location, there will also be two more stores opening this summer, along Silverado Ranch Boulevard & Bermuda Road (to be a full-sized retail store with a drive-thru donation center) and Blue Diamond Road & Decatur Boulevard (to be a Goodwill ‘select’ store and donation center). These 2 locations will increase the number of Goodwill’s within the Valley to a total of 20 stores. Future stores will mimic the Goodwill location at American Pacific and Stephanie Street and will feature a covered, two-lane drive-thru donation center.
The Boulder Highway Goodwill location will be able to support approx. 45 new full-time jobs for the Las Vegas Valley. Goodwill is not only interested in providing clothing and products for a reasonable cost but also to provide residents of the Las Vegas Valley with the ability to find full-time work. As of 2015, the Goodwill organization hoped to employ more than 1,000 people. The non-profit helped 2,383 people find full-time jobs, in the last year alone, through their work Career Connections, Goodwill’s primary service engine. A third Career Connections location is scheduled to open on July 1 (through a grant from Workforce Connections), along with the existing locations within the Boulevard Mall and on Cheyenne Avenue at Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Goodwill hopes that with an abundance of drop-off locations around the Las Vegas and Henderson Valley, local residents will have easier access to visit and donate as they would like. According to Chris Matlock, Vice President of Retail & Operations, Goodwill ‘obviously wants to be in a good location that’s good for shoppers’ but also ‘to be in areas that’s good for the donor’. Visit Goodwill’s website, www.goodwill.org, for the location nearest you.
Construction Notebook had the pleasure of touring the brand new IKEA, opening here in Las Vegas. This IKEA, located at 6500 IKEA Way, will be the 42nd IKEA store to open in the United States, and will include 351,000 SF of shopping area, a supervised children’s play area, 300 employees and a 450-seat restaurant (which will feature IKEA’s famous Swedish Meatballs). IKEA will officially open it’s doors on Wednesday, May 18, and with only 5 days left until the opening, many Las Vegas residents are feeling the excitement. IKEA has also planned to have 3 fun-filled days of giveaways prior to the opening, with live entertainment and food samples for customers. Be sure to head to their website to get more information on this exciting development and to view the Grand Opening giveaways!
Check out the pictures from our tour!