Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion, Phase II

Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion, Phase II

The Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion – Phase II (LVCC Phase II) project was a significant expansion and renovation of the LVCC to accommodate current needs and capture future trade show opportunities. The LVCC Phase II project added 1.4 million SF to the convention center facility, including at least 600,000 SF of new, leasable exhibit space. 

The UES team provided QAA materials testing and special inspections
for the building and its components during construction to verify construction compliance with the project’s design, engineering, and required codes. UES’ scope of work included the following testing and inspections:

  • Oversight of Geotechnical recommendations
  • Structural fill, grading, soils and pad certification
  • Reinforced concrete on grade and elevated
  • Drilled pier foundations
  • Structural masonry
  • Structural steel
  • Exterior insulation finishing system
  • Fire-resistive penetrations and joints
  • Floor flatness and floor levelness
  • Epoxy and mechanical anchors
  • Spray-applied fireproofing and intumescent paint fireproofing
  • Final reports for governing jurisdictions
  • Project coordination with Owner Representative, Contractor and
    Design Team during construction

CLIENT

Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority

LOCATION

Las Vegas, Nevada

SERVICES PROVIDED

Materials Testing

Field & Code Compliance

Geotechnical Engineering

Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village

The 3.5-acre Ballpark Village site is located adjacent to PETCO Park and represents the largest contiguous and undeveloped land remaining in downtown San Diego. JMI Realty and Greystar constructed a 37-story apartment tower and surrounding low-rise buildings upon a three-level (1,214-space) underground parking garage. The project also includes 55,000 SF of ground-floor retail space, and a pedestrian and vehicle thoroughfare.

The $250 million dollar project was constructed between April 2015 and
August 2018. The multifamily assets offer views of the Pacific Ocean,
San Diego Bay, Coronado Island, the Coronado Bridge, Balboa Park,
Point Loma, and the downtown skyline. Ballpark Village is part of a
master-planned development in the Ballpark District and a six-building,
mixed-use project.

UES provided all geotechnical engineering and consulting services and
all laboratory materials testing services during construction. Our services
include, but were not limited to, geotechnical engineering, geotechnical
consulting, soils observation and testing, installation and testing of
hydrostatic hold-down anchors, inspection and materials testing of
concrete, mortar, grout, masonry, high-strength bolts, structural steel,
waterproofing, fireproofing, and roofing testing. CTE engineered and
constructed a large diameter drilled pier or caisson for alternative support of the southwest corner of the tower building to eliminate an additional un-constructible detached oversized below-grade mat foundation.

CLIENT

JMI Realty

LOCATION

San Diego, California

SERVICES PROVIDED

Geotechnical Engineering

Materials Testing

Field & Code Compliance

1700 Pavilion Office Building and Parking Garage

1700 Pavilion Office Building and Parking Garage

1700 Pavilion is one of the latest additions to Downtown Summerlin, a growing area with entertainment, business centers, and residential properties. This project involved the construction of a ten-story, steel-framed building with concrete stair core and slab-on-metal decks, as well as a seven-story cast-in-place concrete parking garage with post-tensioned beams, decks, and girders. For the building, UES performed grading, reinforced concrete, structural steel, fireproofing, firestopping, and post-installed anchor inspections.

UES also performed geotechnical structural observations for foundations. For the parking garage, UES performed grading, reinforced concrete, structural masonry, and structural steel special inspections, as well as geotechnical structural observations for foundations.

CLIENT

The Howard Hughes Corporation

LOCATION

Las Vegas, Nevada

SERVICES PROVIDED

Geotechnical Engineering

Materials Testing

Field & Code Compliance

TDOT I-30/I-240 Interchange, Phase II

TDOT I-40/I-240 Interchange, Phase II

Geotechnology, a UES Company, worked on Phase II of the I-40 and I-240 Interchange which included the construction of a four-level interchange that improved traffic flow for east and westbound traffic. The additional ramps help with traffic congestion and improve safety on the interchange and help alleviate congestion for the surrounding routes as well.

Several of the retaining walls had to be seismically designed. To do this, Geotechnology recommended the use of geofoam as backfill behind one of the walls to reduce the seismic lateral pressure, and performed a post-pile driving liquefaction assessment using Cone Penetration Testing to see the improvement in soil liquefaction resistance due to pile driving causing soil densification.

Geotechnology’s services included:

  • Geotechnical subsurface exploration
  • Site specific seismic studies
  • Deep foundation recommendations
  • Pavement recommendations
  • Site preparation recommendations
  • Stability analysis of slopes
  • Design of reinforced earth (bridge abutment) slopes to meet the seismic requirement
  • Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall analysis and recommendations. A total of 23 walls are included in this project

Geotechnology, a UES Company, also handled the Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) duties during construction. Services included:

  • Performing retaining wall design review
  • Dynamic testing of deep foundations
  • Providing geotechnical support during construction
  • Performing various construction-related laboratory tests
  • Attending weekly meetings and performing general geotechnical-related duties

CLIENT

LOCATION

Shelby County, Memphis, Tennessee

SERVICES PROVIDED

Materials Testing

Geotechnical Engineering

TVA Solar Panel Field

TVA Solar Panel Field

This 40-acre solar array is a partnership between Ameresco and the City of Alton, Illinois to develop a 5 megawatt AC (MWAC)/7 megawatt DC (MWDC) solar array. The solar installation will be developed on a local closed municipal landfill site in the city.

UES provided geotechnical exploration services consisting of site reconnaissance, drilling six borings, laboratory testing, engineering analyses, and preparation of summary report. The project includes the installation of solar panels in a vacant field in East Alton, Illinois. The panels were mounted at-grade on concrete pedestals, which were oversized for uplift and overturning. Recommendations for design and construction of the proposed solar panel foundations were also provided.

CLIENT

Ameresco, Inc.

LOCATION

East Alton, Illinois

SERVICES PROVIDED

Materials Testing

Geotechnical Engineering

Field & Code Compliance

Ameren Solar Farm

Ameren Solar Farm

UES completed a geotechnical exploration for the Ameren Solar Farm in Richwoods, Missouri. The project consisted of the development of a solar farm located at the southwest corner of State Route 47 and Valle Road in Richwoods, Missouri. The purposes of the geotechnical exploration were to develop a general subsurface profile at the site and prepare recommendations for the geotechnical aspects of the design and construction of the project. Our scope of services included site reconnaissance, geotechnical borings, shear wave velocity survey, laboratory testing, engineering analyses, and preparation of an engineering report.

CLIENT

Ameren

LOCATION

Richwoods, Missouri

SERVICES PROVIDED

Materials Testing

Field & Code Compliance

Geotechnical Engineering

Terrell Solar

Terrell Solar

In the construction of the 74-megawatt facility, encompassing over 750 acres, UES provided technicians to implement appropriate field monitoring and testing programs for quality assurance in Earthwork Compaction Testing. Our technicians obtained samples and performed laboratory analyses to determine moisture–density relationship as well as performed appropriate field testing to determine in-place moisture/density conditions. We collected samples of ready-mix concrete and provided ACI certified field technicians to verify mix properties as well as cast cylinders to determine compressive strength. Additionally, we supplied a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) to visually inspect all required welds.

CLIENT

Green Power EMC

LOCATION

Dawson, Georgia

SERVICES PROVIDED

Materials Testing

Field & Code Compliance

Yellow Pine Solar

Yellow Pine Solar

The Yellow Pine Solar Project is a 500MW photovoltaic solar farm developed in Pahrump, Nevada and encompasses approximately 3,000 acres. The project has the potential to contribute approximately $297 million to the local economy and supply enough clean electricity for roughly 100,000 households. 

In partnership with Kiewit Corporation, UES is currently providing QC, shaft, bolt, and welding inspections, as well as compaction testing. UES is performing Quality Control Services for this project and has extensive experience working side-by-side with Contractors in a QC capacity. 

CLIENT

Kiewit Power

LOCATION

Pahrump, Nevada

SERVICES PROVIDED

Materials Testing

Field & Code Compliance

Target Store at Tradition, Village Parkway

Target Store at Tradition, Village Parkway

The Target Store at Tradition Village Parkway in Port St. Lucie, Florida project consisted of the construction of a new 135,000-SF retail building. The building was constructed with tilt walls and steel frame roof. 

UES performed all inspections and testing for the building, including reinforcing steel inspection, concrete monitoring and testing, weld and bolt inspection, floor flatness, moisture emissions, etc.

CLIENT

Target Stores

LOCATION

Port St. Lucie, Florida

SERVICES PROVIDED

Materials Testing

Field & Code Compliance

Symphony Park – Aspen Heights Projects

Symphony Park – Aspen Heights Projects

Symphony Park is located on the historic Union Pacific Railroad Yard (UPRR). For approximately 90 years, the UPRR operated its maintenance and fueling at this location, causing contamination of the soil and groundwater to the UPRR site and downtown Las Vegas from a variety of contaminants. This Phase I ESA included an extensive file review of records through the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and of the Soil and Groundwater Management documents created for the Symphony Park location. 

The Aspen Heights project area was determined to be historically located in the area of the former maintenance yard with a fuel pipeline shown in maps to travel through the project area, along the tracks. The current usage of the site was a parking lot for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. A Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) was determined in the Phase I ESA for the known historic contamination of the site.

CLIENT

LOCATION

Las Vegas, Nevada

SERVICES PROVIDED

Materials Testing

Environmental Consulting