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VOLUME 3 | FALL 2015


Homes of Distinction

MOlasky group A Tradition of Quality

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Trade/Professional Organizations

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2015 Contractor of the Year

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Blue Heron blends aesthetics with function.









Firm’s homes stand out because they blend in with Southern Nevada.

Firm and its founder are credited with many firsts around the valley.

Offering sleek, industrial designs with a modern flair that sparks the imagination.

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VEGAS MODERN A home that’s perfectly suited to its environment and to its owner doesn’t just happen. Blue Heron expertly blends aesthetics with function in our Vegas Modern style. And with an emphasis on sustainable design, contemporary-looking homes bring together indoor and outdoor living, delighting even the most discerning clients. Blue Heron works tirelessly to achieve goals through the most innovative methods of design, green building technologies and construction.


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an aesthetic seen across southern nevada THE BLUFF AT Southern Highlands “If you were looking to do a custom home then this neighborhood is perfect for you. You’ll have everything you’d ever want,” Blue Heron Founder and Owner Tyler Jones says of his latest pride and joy. Jones is talking about The Bluffs, a new community in Southern Highlands. The homes combine modern and Mediterranean design while staying true to the company’s emphasis on green living and energy efficiency. Homes in The Bluffs take full advantage of the nearby mountain views — split-level, half-acre lots are elevated above the next home and the homes are designed to move people seamlessly from inside to outside. Homes will includes passive solar design, green water heaters, Energy Star appliances and drought-tolerant landscaping.



Past, present and future “I truly believe that architecture can change your life for the better,” Blue Heron Founder and Owner Tyler Jones said. Creating a distinctive lifestyle for homeowners is a group effort. The Blue Heron team operates with the same vision in mind, from the architect to the interior designer, contractor, landscaper and pool designers. To be genuine and authentic in the context of our desert climate, the company’s homes are built to cooperate with our sun and landscape. Jones calls it Vegas Modern, “a response to a modern lifestyle and a response to Las Vegas.” Stone Canyon was the first Blue Heron community to display the aesthetic and all 23 loft-style homes sold out before the models were completed in 2004 and won the first of many “Golden Nugget Awards.” Blue Heron continues to evolve the Vegas Modern Style, creating some of the most prestigious and innovative designs today. Blue Heron is currently designing and building custom homes in the master-planned communities throughout the Las Vegas Valley: The Ridges, MacDonald Highlands, Ascaya, Southern Highlands, Anthem and Seven Hills, in addition to four exclusive Blue Heron communities — Marquis Seven Hills, Sky Terrace, Horizon Lights and The Bluffs. A fourth generation Nevadan — his grandparents were in Southern Nevada as Las Vegas was rising from the desert — Jones worked in the construction industry with his father since he was young and began his design career working for architects while still in high school. Later, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, to study architecture at the University of Colorado. Blue Heron has been recognized with over 40 prestigious awards, including being selected by the National Association of Homebuilders to build the 2009 New American Home. In addition they served as the architect, interior design and builder of the 30th Anniversary New American showcased at the International Builders Show January 2013 and were selected again as the architect, interior design and builder of the 2015 New American Home. For more information about Blue Heron or to see a home for yourself, visit or head to 1320 Villa Barolo Ave., Henderson. The show home can be viewed Saturday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Friday from noon to 6 p.m. 3-D models and animations are available.



Blue Heron Design • Build 6755 Agave Azul Court Las Vegas, NV 89120 702-531-3000

a team effort An integrated design/build approach to business is evident in the creative and distinctive homes Blue Heron produces. Buyers should feel confident that the entire team involved in the design and build of their home is working together with the same vision in mind. The level of integrated design-and-build services that Blue Heron offers is unparalleled. From the architect to interior designer, contractor, landscape and pool designer, Blue Heron’s full range of services will make sure that the end result is a one-of-a-kind, Blue Heron Vegas Modern masterpiece.


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the molasky group of companies FBI, NARA & MOLASKY CENTER More than six decades ago, The Molasky Group of Companies began a tradition of quality real estate development and management by building an innovative and highly marketable portfolio of office, commercial, industrial, residential, medical/health care, aviation, correctional and law-enforcement properties. Company founder and chairman Irwin Molasky and his family and strategic business partners are credited with many of modern Las Vegas’ construction firsts — first master-planned community, first private hospital, first enclosed mall, and first “green” Class A office tower. These accomplishments set the stage for the Molasky Group’s growth into one of the nation’s most respected real estate development firms. Today, Molasky and his executive team use state-of-the-art strategies to design, build and finance large scale properties for local, state and federal agencies with exacting standards in terms of mission, efficiency and work-force dynamics. It earned a reputation for progressive correctional design with the Casa Grande Re-Entry Center and Clark County Detention Center and for developing headquarters for agencies like the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration and the National Personnel Records Center for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For our nation’s top law enforcement agency — the Federal Bureau of Investigation — the company built new LEED Gold-certified headquarters located Cincinnati, Ohio; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; and San Diego, California. Currently under construction are FBI Field Offices in Boston and Milwaukee, Veterans Affairs clinics in Alabama and Oregon, a new office complex for the largest health care company in Georgia and residential high rise properties Sky3 PDX in Oregon and The Hudson in Southern California. Leading this major development push is company president Rich Worthington, who is at the ready to discuss potential deals and projects.


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nu tone inc. modern custom home & feature sneaker boutique Modern custom home using innovative design and materials. Sleek, industrial design with modern flair will spark your imagination and leave you wanting more. Set for completion in Fall 2015. An industrial, street urban vibe is what sets this boutique apart from all others. Starting with stained concrete, custom display cases, cabinetry and wardrobe stands — and to add allure, acrylic wall panels illuminated by LED lighting. Excitement is added by viewing the space from our exceptionally designed bar-grated stair treads and mezzanine.


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onstruction forms the backbone of society. It builds the infrastructure that shapes our daily life, including homes and offices, schools and roads. It’s also responsible for thousands of great paying professional jobs. In short, construction helps make Southern Nevada a great place to live. The Las Vegas Chapter of the Associated General Contractors and the Nevada Contractors Association are dedicated to ensuring the construction industry’s future prosperity. We represent nearly 500 general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and affiliated firms. Together, there is nothing we can’t do. We look forward to further strengthening the con-



epublic Services is proud to be a long-time annual sponsor and supporter of the AGC Contractor of the Year Awards. We congratulate the 2015 nominees for their leadership and contributions made in the local community. Republic has served Southern Nevada for more than a decade alongside many of the contractors, builders and developers being recognized. We applaud the recipients for their commitment towards industry excellence. Republic Services specializes in waste and recycling services for the construction, industrial, commercial and residential sectors. Our years of experience and expertise in the construction industry as well as partnerships with local customers, affords us the opportunity to divert valuable materials from landfills. Whether it’s a dumpster rental for a construction project, home remodel or a commercial business, customers rely on us for responsible and reliable disposal of waste and recyclables. Environmental responsibility and sustainability are fundamental to our service offerings and culture at Re-



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public Services. Currently at the Apex Regional Landfill we are capturing the methane gas generated at the landfill and converting it into a renewable energy source powering roughly 8,000 local households. We own and operate a fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks and later this year we are proud to announce the grand opening of what will be North America’s largest residential recycling center located in North Las Vegas. We are committed to serving as good stewards of the environment while serving our community, our customers and preserving our natural environment for future generations. We believe in a Blue Planet™ — one that is clean, safe and simply better. On behalf of Republic Services, congratulations again to this year’s award recipients and thank you for the wonderful contributions you have made. Tracy Skenandore Director, Public Relations & Communications Republic Services

The consolidated group represents more than 500 union and nonunion general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and affiliated firms. In this edition of the Contractor of the Year Awards, you’ll find profiles of each of this year’s eight honorees, who were chosen by association members. Congratulations to all of this year’s distinguished companies, organizations and individuals. It’s great to be associated with this impressive group of winners. Craig Peterson Special Publications Editor


elcome to our annual publication honoring the best of the best in the local construction industry. This marks the 13th year of the Contractor of the Year awards program, a partnership between VEGAS INC and the Associated General Contractors and Nevada Contractors Association. The Las Vegas AGC began in 1988 as a subsidiary of the 96-year-old Associated General Contractors of America. NCA was created in 1995 to serve the local construction industry. The 19-year-old trade group works with building trades leadership and government to ensure a level playing field for union contractors.

struction industry, ensuring its long-term vitality and enduring legacy in the Las Vegas Valley. As such, we’re proud to honor the valley’s best general contractors, subcontractors and professionals, as well as the year’s most impressive and prestigious projects. The Contractor of the Year Awards are the industry’s highest and most coveted honors.




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DIGNITY ST. ROSE DOMINICAN HOSPITALS-SIENA CAMPUS possible, including the pre-fabrication of 45,000 square feet of exterior skin panels; headwalls — “the area behind the beds with all the clinical stuff,” Walsh said — for 88 patient rooms, 37 ED treatment rooms, 24 PACU and 20 other areas; and 335 pre-piped VAV packages with controls. “This helped us turn over part of the hospital sooner, with a smaller dedicated crew, and less workers on ladders working overhead with the potential for incidents,” he said. “With the skin panels, we brought the pre-fabricated sections over and bolted them to the structure, and in four days it looked like we had an instant building. It was pretty amazing.” Also remarkable? “We’ve done upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems, and even with the new tower expansion, the hospital will have the same power bill it’s always had, which is pretty amazing when you consider the energy usage of a hospital in a harsh desert climate,” Walsh said, adding that the neonatal unit also presented a particular set of challenges. The new unit, he said, was constructed on an older section of the hospital that was never intended for expansion, a concern that was addressed with the use of reinforced steel columns. “We were also working right over the existing neonatal unit, so we had to be mindful of noise, vibration and dust, so we wouldn’t disrupt these babies fighting for their lives,” Walsh said. Indeed, Joseph M. Sandy, RN, hospital supervisor, interim operations director and tower transition coordinator, credits Kitchell for its ability to work with the St. Rose team to minimize the disruption and effect on patient care. “The team at Kitchell fully appreciates and understands that our focus on patients is the number one priority,” Sandy said. “The Kitchell team has displayed three important values of our mission statement — stewardship, integrity and dignity — (and) I have never met a construction team that displays these values in parallel as well as they do. I tip my hat to the Kitchell team and look forward to working with them now and in the future.” — Danielle Birkin


Since the completion of its first hospital project in Phoenix in the 1950s, Arizona-based contractor Kitchell has emerged as a leading health care builder in the Southwest. With a passion for health care construction and a special understanding of the challenges associated with medical center projects, Kitchell is also a local leader in this niche arena, having worked on five of the major health care campuses in Southern Nevada since opening an office here in 1994 —Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ Siena and San Martin campuses. “We’re a little different from some of the other (construction firms) in that we don’t chase every piece of new business, but rather carefully select our clients and then try and do multiple projects on their behalf,” said Mike Walsh, project director for Kitchell, which has operations in Arizona, California, Texas and California. “Although we’ve done all kinds of projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley, we’re probably best known here for our work in health care.” Kitchell’s most recent efforts in this specialized field of construction — which is replete with a unique set of challenges, not to mention regulatory guidelines — has earned the company recognition for Project of the Year for its major expansion work at Dignity Health’s St. Rose Dominican Hospitals-Siena campus, a $97 million design/build project, completed in multiple phases, that included an expansion of the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a new parking structure and the much-anticipated new 220,000-square-foot, five-story tower, which will offer an additional 96 private rooms — bringing the total at the Siena campus to 326 — 56 emergency bays, six new operating suites and expanded services for admitting, nutrition services, radiology, lab, pharmacy, endoscopy suites and other support services. “The tower is really Phase Three, and the one everybody has been waiting for,” said Walsh, adding that the first-floor emergency room was completed two months ahead of schedule. “The hospital was looking at the demand, and the CEO walked us through asked if there was anything we could do to open the ER early.” Walsh said Kitchell relied on pre-assembly whenever




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las vegas paving corp. the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. “The whole project is unique just because of the fact that we’re building a brand new interstate through the middle of the mountains, unlike other projects with traffic challenges and dealing with business owners and closing down driveways,” Mendenhall added. “This one we’re working hand in hand with the environmentalists and the RTC to make sure tortoises are saved, we’re saving cacti and yucca and managing naturally occurring asbestos.” Its Las Vegas Wash project is currently nearing completion and involves multiple agencies, including Clark County Public Works, the City of Las Vegas and Clark County Regional Flood District. The work area is in the center of the Desert Rose Golf Course, near the intersection of Sahara Avenue and Nellis Boulevard. The course serves as a convergence point for both the Las Vegas and Flamingo washes and sees millions of gallons of water come through it daily while collecting about 80 percent of the rainwater in the valley during storms. Originally built in the early 60s, flooding in nearby neighborhoods in past years has expedited renovation plans. About 600,000 yards of dirt was moved, a 20-foot-wide low-flow channel was built, the existing wash areas were lowered and sewers were replaced with expanded pipe. Las Vegas Paving was also the principal participant in the Main Street Project, where a stretch of downtown Main Street was completely rehabbed between Bonneville Road to an area north of Stewart Avenue. The area had major drainage problems through the years and pedestrian access ways were in need of widening. The job involved the constant shifting of access points into nearby casinos and downtown areas. But Las Vegas Paving finished the 18-month project early. Staunch community supporter Las Vegas Paving has long been known for its local philanthropic efforts through the years. The company has donated millions of dollars to higher education and numerous area nonprofits. In addition, the company had team members on the AGC/NCA Fuel Tax Revenue Indexing committee, an effort that has helped re-open hundreds of millions of dollars in public construction work in the valley. — Brian Sodoma


If you’ve ever walked on a street or driven on a freeway in the valley, you’ve probably come across the work of Las Vegas Paving. It’s a family-run business that has had a major role in handling Las Vegas’ immense growth since the 1950s. Today, the company employs about 900 people and sees revenues in excess of $400 million annually. It has installed more than 38 million tons of asphalt in its history. Ryan Mendenhall, Las Vegas Paving’s divisional manager, said the work philosophy for the company hasn’t changed much through the years. “We’ve strived for 50-plus years to do what we say we’re going to do and we’ve been rewarded for that,” he said. “For the past 50-plus years we’ve not been a claim-driven contractor. We see plans and are expected to build it accordingly. We don’t worry about processing frivolous change orders. We believe in who we are and produce the projects and finished products that we say we will.” That simple approach has helped add impressive projects to Las Vegas Paving’s resume. One of its more recent major efforts includes I-15 South, where the company was the principal participant in major improvements along I-15 from Tropicana Avenue to Silverado Ranch Boulevard. It is now in the process of starting construction on the Boulder City Bypass project, the second largest in company history. Innovation is key Visionary Bob Mendenhall founded Las Vegas Paving. The Utah transplant learned the paving trade in the field and through his years helped develop a system to use existing materials to re-make stretches of roadway. He was honored as Nevada’s Outstanding Inventor of the Year in 1984 and to date holds 47 patents. That eye for innovation is alive and well at Las Vegas Paving. The paving enterprise has been called upon repeatedly to complete projects with complex traffic divergence situations and other barriers. In the past year, the company has been involved in three unique projects, among others, with their own individual challenges. The $225 million I-11 Boulder City Bypass project recently began construction preparations and designs are being finalized. The project involves creating 12.5 miles of new roadway that begins near Railroad Pass, circles Boulder City Municipal Airport and connects to




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For the folks at DC Building Group, a corporate culture based on respect, integrity, innovation, teamwork and charity is paramount to a successful business driven by enduring partnerships, and DC’s mission of enhancing the lives of its employees, its clients and its community has served the company well since its genesis in 2001. Those qualities also embody the essence of the J.A. Tiberti Spirit Award, which recognizes innovation on multiple levels. “Our key is our culture, and for us, it’s all about customer service and developing lasting relationships,” said President Bryce Clutts, a Las Vegas native and UNLV graduate who joined DC shortly after it was founded by CEO Shawn Danoski. “Clients are buying who you are, not what you do, so I believe that culture eats strategy for lunch. Our goal is not to be the biggest or the wealthiest, but the most respected.” With some 27 employees and a focus on hospitality, retail, industrial, office and religious nonprofit, company culture and innovation are at the core for DC, and is even reflected in its new corporate headquarters, hybrid digs that combine the necessary privacy of a traditional workspace with the open-floorplan office movement. “We’re hard-working and we hold our employees accountable, but we’re not slave drivers,” said Clutts. “It’s a fun and energized environment, where you can take a break and play foosball or throw some darts. We took a traditional work environment and mixed it with a less-restricted workday, and it’s an awesome, great new energy.” Clutts said the new office is also environmentally conscious in its design and features, with energy-efficient LED lighting, sustainable building products such as the carpet and vinyl used throughout, low-energy appliances and electronics, and a tankless water system to reduce the use of plastic bottles. The company even reused the existing doors and frames from the previously existing office space to leave the smallest possible environmental footprint. In order to better serve its clients, DC also uses the latest in technology, including Microsoft 365 program,

which allows the team to quickly and securely save and share any project documents over a cloud-based storage system which makes use of real-time syncing across all synced devices. This increases efficiencies among project managers, owners and clients, and subcontractors. DC has also shifted from the use of computer towers to mobile 2-in-1 tablets, which provides an effective workstation whether it be at a desk, in a meeting room, on a job site or on the go. “We’re always looking for ways to improve project delivery, and we really embrace any value-added services that we can provide,” Clutts said, adding that this includes a policy of 11-month checkups for every client. “We believe that our group builds (our customers’) success, so we become entrenched in every project, and take it upon ourselves to meet with clients and walk the building 11 months after the completion of a project, before the one-year warranty wears out. This not only tells the customer that we care, but also allows us to get back in front of them, which leads to a lot of repeat business. This approach also aligns with our core values of being the most respected builder and of developing partnerships and lasting relationships.” A commercial builder with volume comprised of 50 percent ground-up construction and 50 percent interiors-related work, DC recently completed tenant improvements on a flagship Chili’s location on Las Vegas Boulevard, is preparing to wrap up expansion work at Faith Lutheran High School and just broke ground on the new Opportunity Village Engelstad campus. While much of the firm’s work is local, it has clients across the country, “because our clients know and trust us,” according to Clutts. “We’ll hire subcontractors, but we’ll always send a DC team to work on projects based elsewhere.” Looking ahead, “I don’t see anything but growth moving forward,” Clutts said. “We’ve spent the last few years really reinvesting in ourselves and our people and we’re now seeing the effects of that. We’re incredibly blessed, and value the relationships we have with our customers and our community.” — Danielle Birkin 51 CONSTRUCTION LAS VEGAS




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Safety is often a subject that flies under the radar until there’s a problem. PENTA Building Group, however, is a contractor that prefers to start the safety conversation before there’s a problem. Keeping safety top of mind is part of the company culture, says PENTA COO John Cannito. “It’s funny; safety will even come up in an accounting meeting,” the executive said. “The reality is that even from the top, down through operations, pre-construction and other daily business, we put safety as a priority over cost and schedules. ... You never compromise safety to try to do things faster or less expensively.” A construction site comes with its share of minor scrapes and cuts that still need to be documented as OSHA “recordables.” When they do occur, PENTA looks to them as opportunities to better safety efforts. It’s a program referred to internally as Lessons Learned, and with its help the company has not lost a man-hour to injury in nearly six years and has one of the top EMR (Experience Modification Rating) scores in the industry — 0.60, well below the national average of 1.0. With Lessons Learned, whenever there’s a recordable incident, a company executive meets with the site’s safety director to investigate the root cause. The team also evaluates whether a policy change can help prevent such recordables in the future, then communicates policy changes or recommendations to employees through emails and meetings. If the incident involved a subcontractor, a principal or senior officer of the subcontractor is called into a meeting and must be part of investigating the root cause. Thanks to Lessons Learned, PENTA recently implemented a 100 percent glove policy. All team members, including subcontractors, must wear cut-resistant gloves at all times on the job site. This change came as a result of reviewing recordables involving cuts and scrapes over the past 10 years. “We could boil it down to this: we could prevent about 40 percent of these incidences with a glove policy,” Cannito said. PENTA also uses a variety of programs and reminders to keep safety on the minds of employees and subcontractors.

Innovation Station, for example, rewards employees for creative and efficient safety suggestions. This past year, employee input resulted in the creation of its “Safety Bubble” campaign, a policy encouraging the idea of a “bubble” of protection around work sites to keep zero contact between the site and adjacent public areas. “It’s really about awareness and driving the point home that the first priority is to protect the public,” Cannito said. PENTA’s Safety Champion program also encourages supervisors and employees to take note of others doing their job safely or taking extra safety precautions with their work. The company also holds an annual corporate safety kick-off event. This year’s campaign slogan was “Exceptional Safety is our Scene in 2015.” The event invites company employees, subcontractors, vendors, consultants, even state and federal OSHA representatives, to an event for its safety campaign. Attracting more than 1,000 people this year, the event hosts motivational speakers and highlights safety priorities for the company. In 2015, Roger Crawford, the first athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in a NCAA Division I college sport, spoke. In the past year, PENTA won awards for its exceptional safety practices. It was granted AGC Safe Site honors on its Grand Bazaar Shops and Caesars Transition Hall project as well as a Safe Site honor for work done on the AEG MGM Arena. In an effort to help the industry’s safety practices, the company also sponsors and coordinates quarterly AGC/ NCA safety forums and actively partners with other area construction firms to promote safety. For Cannito, a great safety record is really the natural result of an employee-first philosophy. “The reality is our culture in general at PENTA is focused on employees,” he said. “And I believe by being focused on employees and creating an environment where people want to come to work and work hard, they will take care of all the things that make you successful. Safety is nothing more than an extension of that.” — Brian Sodoma



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A full-service Caterpillar dealership, privately-held Cashman Equipment provides new and used equipment for sale and rental as well as parts, service and technology to construction, paving, mining, truck engine and power system industries throughout Nevada and parts of California. The 84-year-old company has 750 employees. “With the steady resurgence of construction in the past two to three years, we have been diligent in working with both Caterpillar and our customers to ensure that the equipment needed is available,” said Todd Gilligan, general manager of sales and marketing. From founder “Big Jim” Cashman to current CEO MaryKaye Cashman, the company “has always been heavily involved with the community through a wide variety of events, sponsorships, schools, programs, and fundraisers,” said Gilligan. It supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada; Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows; Boys & Girls Club of Elko; Opportunity Village and the College of Southern Nevada Diesel Tech Program. One example of the support it provides to local projects is the Boulder City Bypass, for which it

supplied eight Cat 777G haul trucks, a 993K wheel loader, track drills, and installed four SITECH machine control systems with more pending — all supported with warranty, parts, service and rentals from Cashman. When it comes to financial support, Cashman Equipment has had a strong financial commitment since Big Jim moved to town in 1904 and began businesses such as the state’s first commercial airline and car dealership. Cashman Equipment continues that tradition by reinvesting in its business and its employees to grow to become the Caterpillar dealership for the entire state. In November, Cashman became one of the first of 200 Caterpillar dealerships worldwide to receive Cat’s prestigious 5-Star Contamination Control Certification. Achieving it required approximately 15 months of preparation, including the creation of a formal employee training program, an overhaul of every area of the rebuild center, development of multiple standard operating procedures and acute attention to cleanliness and organization. “The heavy equipment industry landscape is changing,” said Mike Pack, president and COO. “The service and support of a customer

makes more of a difference today than it ever has in the past. Achievements like Cat 5-Star Contamination Control show our customers that we will keep changing and evolving to better suit their needs.” The company became a Global Pump distributor in January, responsible for sales, rentals, and service in Nevada and parts of California. “We researched various pump manufacturers for a year,” said Joel Larson, Cashman Power Solutions general manager. “We started with four companies, then narrowed it down to two. The input of our customers and our own employees, plus the efficiency and competitive pricing of Global Pump, made the choice simple in the end.” The company has never veered from its firm commitment to integrity. “Staying in business for nearly 85 years would be impossible without your customers’ trust,” Gilligan said. “With core values of communication, accountability, safety, mentorship, adaptability, and now-right now service, the 750 employees of Cashman live these core values every day, in every customer transaction.” It is a sentiment the company has turned into a creed. “The foundation beneath our commitment to first-class customer service is a philosophy Cashman Equipment employees came up with – Take 10 to Get a 10. Cashman Equipment believes in providing service that is a ‘10’ (a perfect score in many athletic arenas). In order to achieve customer service that is a 10, we believe that each employee needs to be prepared to ‘take 10’ – 10 seconds, 10 minutes, or 10 hours – to get our customers what they need… To follow up when we say we are going to… To complete the tasks we say we are going to, when we say we are going to… To be there for our customers for all their business questions and concerns.” — Howard Riell


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Since its launch in 1969, regional contractor MMC Inc. has emerged as a respected local leader in the water/ wastewater construction industry, with a focus on the construction and development of reservoirs, pump stations and treatment plants, a specialized niche in which MMC — a subsidiary of New-Com Inc. — excels. With the capacity to complete projects in excess of $100 million, MMC’s commitment to foresight and fiscal responsibility in initiating endeavors that enhance the lives of Southern Nevadans has earned the firm recognition for Heavy Civil Project of the Year, most notably for its Water Pollution Control Facility Reduce Loading Operation Optimization, a high-tech $16 million design/bid/build project for Las Vegas. This project included the construction of a 63-inch outside diameter pipeline, an 8-inch irrigation pipe, an 18-inch reclaimed water pipe, fiber optic conduits and compressed air pipe. In addition, the project featured modification of the primary sedimentation effluent box; a nitrification diversion structure; demolition of the effluent channel; rerouting of existing sanitary sewer drain pipes; and installation of a new package drain

pumping station. MMC also modified the nitrification influent pump station, and converted six nitrification aeration basins into three paired nitrification denitrification aeration basins. In addition, MMC was tasked with the rehabilitation of nitrification clarifiers 1 through 7, including the replacement of impressed current corrosion protection and resurfacing steel elements, and rehabilitation with cured-in-place pipe for five 72-inch pipelines and one 84-inch pipeline. Other recent projects of note include the $1.6 million Water Pollution Control Facility Dewatering Upgrade for Las Vegas, which featured the installation of three 10-inch-diameter well casings and one additive 10-inch-diameter well casing installed to a depth of about 65 feet below ground surface, including borehole, gravel filter pack, louvered screen, cement grout seal, gravel feed pipe, transducer pipe, and well-development testing. MMC also installed three submersible dewatering well pumps; one additive submersible dewatering well pump, associated pipes and valves, and performance of systems startup and pump testing; and 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch ductile iron pipe, valves, flow

meters and pipe supports from the new dewatering wells to the point of discharge into the common aeration basin influent channel. MMC also completed a pair of projects — both valued at $7 million — for the Clark County Water Reclamation District, including the Central Plant South Secondary Facility, which featured upgrades to the fire alarm systems, air-blown fiber optic communications infrastructure, paging systems, and cellular coverage within the water reclamation district’s central plant and AWT facilities. The other water reclamation district project — the Central Plant Biofilters Upgrade — included repair and installation of foul-air header lines, air-isolation valve rotations and gasket replacements; installation of biofilter irrigation system components; installation of foul-air humidifiers and cleanouts; replacement of granular and organic biofilter media; and rehabilitation of air-header isolation valve vaults and drain-line sump-pump stations. Work also included construction of cast-in-place concrete vaults, corrosion protection of existing structures, paving, ductwork relocation and isolation valve replacements. — Danielle Birkin

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tradEwinds construction



For Tradewinds Construction, jobs can run the gamut from multimillion dollar installations to touch-up tenant improvements. Owner Jeff Vilkin refers to his company as one of the larger small shops in town, and the firm has garnered plenty of praise for being able to handle its share of diverse and complex work. Tradewinds Construction’s subcontracting specialties are in commercial wood and metal framing as well as unique panelized roof structures for larger commercial buildings. But the company is also known for Vilkin’s industry-promoting efforts, too. Vilkin sits on the AGC government relations subcommittee. Every legislative season, he has an ear to the ground for the latest issues that could impact his industry positively or negatively. “I choose to put my personal time and effort into government affairs, as a general contractor, to protect the integrity of the open shop, and I think I’ve been effective,” he said. Vilkin has had a say in issues like prevailing wage reform, construction defect laws and contractor retention law changes. In March, for example, the Nevada legislature passed SB 119, which created an exemption for prevailing

wage pay on school construction projects. Vilkin was at the center of the conversation, one that was also debated during the 2013 legislative session. “The last two sessions I’ve been a participant in the framework of that debate,” he said. In the last legislative session, changes to construction defect law made it harder for frivolous lawsuits to gain ground by reducing the statute of limitations from 10 to six years, among other changes. “We had some of the weakest legal frameworks and then went to one of the best legal frameworks, from the contractor’s perspective, when it came to frivolous lawsuits,” Vilkin said. Another victory in the most recent legislative session came on the subject of payment retention. In the past, 10 percent could be retained from progressive payments to a contractor on a private construction job. The sum withheld is then paid upon completion of the job. With new legislation, that figure has been reduced to 5 percent. At a time when contractors are operating on the slimmest margins ever, Vilkin said, that extra 5 percent is crucial. Having endured a fiercely competitive contracting market with plenty

of price undercutting throughout the recession, and even today, Vilkin’s company has still been able to remain innovative and produce quality work. The company has completed framing and drywall work on Sahara Center, at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Hualapai Way; it had a hand in Downtown Summerlin’s movie theater complex and will be installing the ceiling inside the new IKEA store, which is set to open next summer. The company is also currently completing the vaulted ceilings of the St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church in the northwest valley. “I don’t know if anyone in the valley that’s an open shop runs a bigger operation than we do,” Vilkin said. More recently, Tradewinds took on the exterior work for two 90,000 square-foot buildings at Tivoli Village, which involved heavy-gauge metal stud framing and plywood sheathing as well as fire-proofing. “We worked with a lot of high reach equipment and safety was a critical issue to make sure all that high reach work could be done safely,” Vilkin said. Tradewinds also designed and built the new Bonanza Road Tenaya Creek Brewery location. Created using some existing elements of a building developed in the 1950s, the job saw plenty of engineering challenges that were overcome by Tradewinds. Along with a 40-foot silo that can hold 60,000 pounds of barley and grain, the new facility brings capacity for 70,000 kegs of beer to be brewed annually. Tradewinds also supports numerous sports program sponsorships, Habitat for Humanity construction project participation, among other philanthropic efforts. It has also been honored in the past by several building industry associations for its green building efforts as well as its safety, training and evaluation processes. — Brian Sodoma

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snell & wilmer



When you give, the saying goes, it comes back to you. Case in point: Snell & Wilmer, which has made giving – to its clients, its industry and its community – a way of life. The Affiliate of the Year honor has come the company’s way, partner Leon F. Mead, II said, because “it reflects our contributions and support for the AGC/NCA (Associated General Contractors/Nevada Contractors Association) legislative agenda this past session and the successes we had as a team.” The Snell & Wilmer construction law team provides legal advice and representation to members of the construction industry. “We handle both transactional and dispute resolution matters within the construction industry,” Mead said. “Our primary focus is on commercial/industrial/infrastructure and other types of non-residential construction work, although on occasion we do prepare and negotiate construction contracts for residential projects. In dispute resolution, we handle administrative citations, court litigation and all types of alternative dispute resolution matters – from partnering to arbitration.” The firm has been involved in numerous new construction and

remodeling projects along the Las Vegas Strip, and several significant projects in Summerlin. “We also have been involved with several multimillion dollar litigation matters in Northern Nevada in the last year.” As Mead said, “My passion, as well as my profession, is for the law of construction, especially in Nevada. Having studied and practiced construction law for the last 20 years, I have developed a wealth of knowledge about how construction law works in Nevada and where the construction industry can be affected, should pending legislation be enacted. I have been an active member of the AGC for 18 years and have been privileged to serve on its board of directors for the last 10. I have always provided as much support to the group from a legal perspective that I can. Most of the time I provide that support without compensation, which allows the AGC to use those funds for other legislative activities.” This year was especially successful, he said. “We finally addressed a number of pestering legal issues such as general contractor liability for subcontractor’s unpaid labor debts, residential construction defect excesses, prevailing wage reform and other issues that we have been trying

to resolve for years. I believe that our efforts made a difference.” Snell & Wilmer also provides pro bono legal services that support the construction industry. “While this usually takes the form of donated time, when converted to dollars by calculating against our standard hourly rates the annual contributed value to the (AGC/NCA) is substantial,” says Mead. The firm sponsors multiple charitable organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA, United Way, the Animal Foundation, AFAN, American Cancer Society, MDS and numerous other community associations. The firm maintains a policy of each lawyer providing at least 50 hours of pro bono services each year. “While this may not seem like much,” said Mead, “with 50-plus lawyers in Nevada that equates to over 2,500 annual pro bono hours. At standard billing rates, this equates to over $750,000 in free legal services each year.” The pro bono legal services include poverty law; civil rights and public rights law; and representation of charitable organizations (legal services to charitable, religious, civic, governmental, educational, or similar organizations). Snell & Wilmer makes business integrity a cornerstone of its legal service. Says Mead, “Our lawyers are expected to conduct themselves with the highest standards of integrity and ethics.” Its credo is stated succinctly in three parts: “For our clients, we will work hard, provide superior legal services on a timely, effective, and efficient basis, and maintain the highest standards of professional integrity. For our firm, we will foster an enjoyable working environment, based on open communication and mutual respect, and will encourage initiative, innovation, teamwork, and loyalty. For our community, we will continue our long tradition of service and leadership.”— Howard Riell




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