Las Vegas is delaying a planned $890-million convention-center upgrade amid falling visitor numbers and reduced gaming receipts. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority expects a 21.8% drop in room tax revenue for fiscal 2009, prompting construction plans to be shelved until mid-2010. LVCVA will pay up to $5 million annually to service the project’s existing debt. About $140 million has been committed toward construction thus far, of which 68.5% is being financed. The project was scheduled to finish in 2011. In February 2006, MWH Global Inc., Broomfield, Colo., with HNTB, Kansas City, Mo., was awarded a four-year, $45-million contract
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.