What Stays in Vegas: A Behind the Scenes Look at Las Vegas Construction

A session at CMAA Rising Construction Managers Conference

Saturday 26th October, 2013

2:00pm to 3:00pm (PST)

Las Vegas had a population of 800 in 1911. Then gambling in Nevada was legalized in 1931 and helped the city to grow to over 2 million residents and approximately 40 million visitors each year. The City has 15 of the 25 largest hotels in the World and 7 of the Top 10 largest grossing nightclubs in the U.S. Along the way, Las Vegas was once a playground and key business locale for organized crime. Graft and skimming from the construction of hotel/casinos through to their operation was a part of life. Whether political payoffs, ghost employees on construction sites, quadruple billings for the same palm trees in the landscaping or 1,000% markups on construction hardware, the City has seen it all including bankruptcies on billion-dollar projects. In the most recent past, defects may have cost the Mandalay Bay Hotel/Casino $50 million to repair. Defects have rendered the Harmon Tower at MGM's City Center a problem that may require the demolition of a $250 million tower. The deaths of 13 workers Citywide in a three-year timeframe including 6 on City Center led Nevada in 2010 to implement mandatory OSHA 10 Training for all workers and OSHA 30 Training for all supervisors on construction projects. This session highlights many of the projects, issues and their players that have comprised this history.

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Neil Opfer

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Time 2:00pm3:00pm PST

Date Sat 26th October 2013


Ironwood 2, ARIA Resort & Casino

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