Editor's Blog


Las Vegas Construction Meltdown

February 11, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+


I had heard that Las Vegas construction was in huge trouble. According to the reports, the financial meltdown had broken the city’s back. The cranes were idle, the jackhammers silent and the workers sent packing. Put a fork in all those huge building projects--they're dead.

Regardless, after a month of sub-zero temperatures in Michigan, I was thrilled to head to Las Vegas to attend three trade shows last week. Not only would I find out what flooring, roofing, and site prep pros are encountering, I could witness firsthand all those building projects left for dead.

To get a closer look, I strapped on my New Balance shoes and starting running. I made it about a hundred yards from my hotel, Planet Hollywood, when the giant PH Westgate Towers project gleamed at me.

Too bad it’s shut down, I thought. The building envelope was nearly complete.

But it wasn’t shut down. Workers were on the ground, in the building and yes, even operating a crane. At least one Las Vegas project was on track. 

I ran down Harmon Street until I came to some utility trucks near the Hard Rock Hotel. It appeared the cable and electric companies were installing new lines. Next to them was a worker on a hoist spray-coating a new parking structure. And just a few yards further was a large crew operating earthmoving equipment to reshape the hotel’s entrance.

OK, at least entertainment-themed hotels were still expanding. Yet I was certain the carcasses of dozens of buildings were just ahead on the Las Vegas Boulevard.

As I headed north on the strip, I braced for the worst. I was approaching the $8 billion City Center project, which had promised to redefine the Las Vegas skyline. Without a doubt, this mammoth project would be a ghost town, an eerie tribute to the depth of our economic crisis.

But surprisingly, even from a distance, I could see that the project had made significant progress since my last visit. The skeletal shape of numerous buildings came into view.

Once I got closer, I saw steel, cement and glass in great quantities, plus the foundations for some type of elevated tram system.

As I approached the site, I heard the wonderful sound of work vehicles, power tools and heavy equipment. Amongst the dust, dozens-no, hundreds of vest-clad construction workers peppered the buildings. And yes, even some cranes were operating.

I took a few moments to enjoy this scene. Construction pros were working all over Las Vegas. New construction had not ground to a halt. Most projects, while suffering, were still moving forward.

Yes, I know that project financiers and managers are still wringing their hands. They are deathly concerned their construction loans will be called, investors will bail and the funds needed to keep construction pros on the job will disappear.

But at least for now, those pros are still working. Let’s hope carpenters, plumbers, HVAC, stone and tile, drywallers, carpet layers, flooring installers, electricians and dozens of other tradesmen and women will get their chance to finish those jobs soon.
You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

1/27/15 2:00 pm EST

Grow Your Business and Improve Operations with New Payment Technology

Attend this free webinar to learn how new developments in payment technology can help you close more jobs, increase upselling opportunities and improve operations.

Podcasts

The winter slow season is a great time to pursue commercial cleaning accounts and stay busy. John "the Hitman" Braun solicited questions from thousands of cleaners across the country regarding their questions on commercial cleaning accounts and answers them in this episode of the show.
More Podcasts

ICS Cleaning Specialist Magazine

CoverImage

2014 Nov/Dec

The Nov/Dec ICS features content on how to get better meter readings, a roundtable on truckmount development, neighborhood marketing and more. Also included is the annual Buyer’s Guide and Directory.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Janitorial Work

In addition to residential and commercial carpet cleaning, do you do any janitorial work on the side?
View Results Poll Archive

THE ICS STORE

FinalCover.gif
The Carpet Cleaner's Book of Unlimited Success! (ebook)

Don’t worry about the recession or about your competition.  Now you can be the owner of over 400 ways for carpet cleaning professionals to make more money and get more jobs!

More Products

ICS DIRECTORY AND BUYING GUIDE

Director_Buyer.jpgThe premier resource and reference guide for the cleaning and restoration industries.

Click here to view

STAY CONNECTED

facebook_40.png twitter_40px.png youtube_40px.pngcrc logo

TRUCKMOUNT EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES GUIDE

Truckmount.jpgEquipment listings and specifications from the leading industry manufacturers.

Click here to view