Current status of new $1.9B Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas; Photo Credit: Construction Dive

We highlight Vegas again in this week’s Magnificent Metal Monday (MMM). While Musk’s underground tram (METALCON Blog Issue Nov 18) may not be finished in time for METALCON 2020, the new $1.9B Allegiant stadium will be! Construction Dive takes an inside look into the status of the project, on track to be completed by summer 2020.

The soon-to-be home of Raiders football will sport a sleek black glass exterior, retractable natural turf field, premium lounges and four rolling doors framing a 90-foot-tall, 200-foot-wide view of the Las Vegas Strip. Designed by Manica Architecture and HNTB and built by Mortenson Construction & McCarthy Building Companies, the stadium will showcase some of the most high-impact, fan-centered amenities ever found in an NFL stadium. 

…. 28,000 tons of structural steel

The article goes on to highlight, “What won’t be so apparent is the design, planning and construction work that went on behind the scenes, a culmination of more than two years of work by two of the country’s largest contractors, two design firms and 70-plus subcontractors. When finished, the structure will encompass 28,000 tons of structural steel and 105,000 cubic yards of concrete, held together in part by 482,000 structural bolts.”

Crews recently craned the stadium’s four 450-square-foot sliding doors into place. During cooler weather, the doors will open to reveal views of the Las Vegas Strip. Credit: Jenn Goodman/Construction Dive

The project has not been without some challenges. In fact, earlier this year, structural steel shipments were delayed due to supply chain challenges. With 99% of the steel on the project being fabricated in the U.S., project leaders had to work with the steel fabricator to subcontract 21 other companies throughout the country to fill the order in a timely manner. This led to a gap in deliveries that pushed roof and exterior enclosure completion to early next year, necessitating the creation of temporary roofs.

Technology is playing a key role in the construction project including the latest in software management tools, construction robots, EarthCam cameras, weekly drone flights of the site and laser scanning for in-wall inspections. The project’s scheduling software, Primavera P6, is tracking more than 42,000 activities. METALCON’s new technology hub, CONTECH, highlighted how necessary using technology is in today’s construction projects, clearly evident with this project.

An architect’s rendering of the completed stadium shows the patio doors on the north side of the building. Photo credit: Construction Dive

For more details, read the full article which appeared in the November 19 issue of Construction Dive.