VA Las Vegas Medical Center

Providing Health Services for Thousands of Veterans in Nevada
Location: 
Las Vegas, Nevada
Client: 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Contract Value: 
$398,500,000
Size: 
1,605,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
2012

Clark provided general contracting services for the construction of the seven-story, 790,000 square-foot VA Medical Center Las Vegas Medical Center and the 47,000 square-foot central energy plant. Designed to provide state-of-the-art clinical services to veterans, the hospital includes a 90-bed inpatient care unit and a 20-bed mental health facility. Sited on a 150-acre medical campus, VA Las Vegas Medical Center stands among one of the largest construction contracts ever awarded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VA Medical Center Las Vegas provides complete medical services including ambulatory care, radiology, MRI, and nuclear medicine. The hospital also features a pharmacy, laboratories, diagnostic treatment clinics, and educational facilities.

The building consists of a multi-tiered steel frame structure with concrete over metal deck construction. The facility is sheathed in glass curtain wall, ribbon and punched windows, and masonry, and phenolic, and aluminum wall panels. The Center's three main entrances are highlighted by four-story glass curtain wall with skylight corridors connecting them. In the event of a natural disaster or loss of utility service, the hospital is equipped with emergency power, reserve water supplies, and waste water capacity to last four days.

Clark's scope included a significant civil and landscape package with a large storm water retention pond, over 1,200 trees, 12,000 tons of rock, and 815,000 square feet of surface parking area, which accommodates more than 2,000 parking spaces. Wayfinding throughout the facility is kept simple through the use of color coding for each of the campus major components.

Clark also completed the center’s site infrastructure and a 120-bed nursing care unit. 

Safety

As part of Clark's participation in the OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program, the safety program on the VA Las Vegas Medical Center project was periodically reviewed and received a certificate of recognition from Nevada's Department of Business & Industry.

BIM

During the construction planning phase, Clark solved design challenges using cutting-edge 3D laser scanning technologies. The 3D laser scans were done for all facilities as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing fit-outs, air handling duct work, and structural ladders, catwalks, and platforms. These 3D laser images formed a high-definition survey of each room—a process that could take weeks using conventional survey measurement tools.

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