Crews to build Raiders stadium on a 31-month timetable

LAS VEGAS - It'll take a small army to get the Las Vegas Raiders' new home built by its ambitious timetable because the clock is ticking on a 31-month schedule for the $1.9 billion stadium.

However, several thousand men and women, many of whom built the tall buildings on the Las Vegas Strip, will be putting in a Yeoman's effort to get it done.

"Vegas has earned a reputation for moving fast when there's an opportunity there," said Steve Hill, chairman of the Stadium Authority Board.

But to say there's a lot of work to do is an understatement, so workers like Derek Thomas will be out at Russell Road and I-15 excavating the site over the next several months.

"This right here is going to be a better opportunity for our family and for everybody else out there who's been struggling and been waiting for a big project like this to come," said Thomas.

Construction workers left the valley during the recession, which hasn't seen a major project like this since City Center was built a decade ago.  But as the stadium project inched closer and closer to being a reality earlier this year, Labor Leader Tommy White said he began hearing from former workers ready to come back to the Las Vegas valley.

''What we've been getting phone calls about now is members that did work here and transferred to other unions, they want to transfer back and be a part of this stadium," said White.

The construction workers will be welcomed with open arms. Stadium Authority Analyst Jeremy Aguero says this is just one of many major projects that will compete for workers.

"We're seeing a recovery in ways that I don't think, during the recession, we ever could have seen; $15 billion worth of projects planned, proposed or under construction," said Aguero.

Foundation and concrete work on the stadium is scheduled to start in the early Spring.  By Fall 2018, steel should be going up, and the stadium's plumbing and electrical will be placed.

After that, it leaves a year and a half to get the walls, roof and interior finished in time for final inspections in July 2020.

However, right now crews are just doing prep work because major construction can't begin until the development agreement is completed.

The agreement was expected to be completed last month; now the hope is by February.
 


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