LVCVA Convention Center Expansion

Project Location: Las Vegas, NV

Overview: The already-impressive Las Vegas Convention Center is growing!  The expansion project will add 1.4 million square feet to the existing facility.  LTC was contracted by Hayward Baker Inc. (now Keller North America) to perform bi-directional load tests on two test shafts as part of the preliminary design process undertaken by Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc. (GES).  Both shafts were 91 feet deep and drilled with a nominal 30” diameter.  Use of the bi-directional method was ideal to load the caliche layer which resists the majority of the foundation loads. See our Youtube channel for a time-lapse video of the install (special thanks to GEO-Instruments).

Preparing the beams for strain gages.
Another lovely July day day in Vegas! Good day to drill.
Beams are cheap and easy to pick. Why use a cumbersome rebar cage?
Lowering the test assembly to its final elevation.
Very portable test setup.