Meteoric rise for superintendent of large southern Nevada projects
The PENTA Building Group
The former Sahara hotel and casino site in Las Vegas is undergoing a massive transformation into the SLS Las Vegas (see p. 19). A key employee on the site is Tony Cornell, a superintendent who joined the PENTA Building Group 12 years ago as a laborer. As a superintendent, he also oversaw construction activities on McCarran International Airport Terminal 3, Aliante Station Casino and Hotel and the Grandview Timeshare Resort. His stratospheric rise has seen him prosper at every level: laborer, foreman, general foreman and now project superintendent. One of the innovative ideas he has implemented at PENTA is the Safety Champion program, which includes vending machines on the jobsite that sell safety glasses and other vital products to workers who have left their safety gear at home. The proceeds are used to purchase prizes for each project's "Safety Champion."
Hawaii native followed his architecture dream to Las Vegas
A native of Honolulu, Glen Curry says he was attracted to the role of architect at an early age and first began pursuing the field at the Kamehameha Schools. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Las Vegas. His current duties include using new technology to create innovative design strategies within his firm's hospitality studio. He then opens discussions with office designers to keep a continual flow of communication on the global design delivery platforms. "Glen has shown outstanding project management leadership, organizational skills and collaboration with his team," says Beth Campbell, managing director of Gensler, Las Vegas. Above and beyond his project work, Curry is known as a mentor for interns as well as for leading design-review sessions. He also continues to be actively involved at his alma mater by being an instructor in architectural presentation and presentation graphics, a guest architectural critic and in 2013, a UNLV architecture student competition mentor.