Whitney Mesa Recreation Area was honored with an Award for Excellence in Construction by the Associated Builders and Contractors Nevada Chapter on February 5, 2014. Pace Contracting was the General Contractor for this outstanding project, and the award recipient Helix Electric was a major and key partner in the construction of the project. We are honored at Pace to have built this project recognized by ABC for the skills and creativity of the entire team responsible for an outstanding construction project that exceeded expectations in innovation and quality.
This $13.1 Million project built for the City of Henderson and Designed by JW Zunino Landscape Architecture, Slater Hanifan Group, and TJK Consulting Engineers consisted of a 38-acre recreation facility on a 140-acre site. Some of the features included are interpretive exhibits highlighting the Native American heritage of the area as well as custom pioneer themed precast and cast in place play equipment; native landscaping, native re-vegetation, and rock restoration to all disturbed areas; an extensive trail system ranging over large elevation changes in the topography with varying surfaces including natural surface, stabilized DG, concrete and asphalt; a custom cut stone boulder amphitheater; an Olympic style BMX Course; parking and park areas; four buildings for concession and restroom facilities; a tennis complex; and day camp facility.
There were many challenges that were faced and overcome during this project. Due to unexpected sources of groundwater we worked with the City and engineers to de-water the amphitheater area and redesign the area with innovative design and construction solutions; a stream that was expected to be seasonal had to be dammed and diverted to construct a major section of trail, the facility was punished by record flooding, twice, and we worked with our client throughout the project with ongoing design changes, adjustments and additions.
Not only was the project completed on contract, but Pace went above and beyond the contract by painting all of the adjacent subdivisions' screen walls and rappelling a down the face of the mesa cliffs to eliminate extensive graffiti damage that existed prior to construction. It was work that was not in the contract or budget, however we finished under budget and wanted to deliver a complete, new facility unmarred by previous vandalism.
"Whitney Mesa Recreation Area provides much needed neighborhood park amenities while still maintaining and preserving the beauty and integrity of the Whitney Mesa,” said Jacob Snow, Henderson City Manager. “The park also provides excellent connectivity to Whitney Mesa Nature Preserve as well as Whitney Ranch Recreation Center and nearby schools.” Funding for Whitney Mesa Recreation Area was received through a grant from the Bureau of Land Management as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA).