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 growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.