Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at Corn Creek Celebrates Obtaining LEED Platinum Publically Certified Building Status from the U.S. Green Building Council

Burke Construction announced that Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center project has obtained LEED Platinum Publically Certified Building Status.Burke Construction Group, Compendium International and SH Architecture are very pleased to announce that our
collaborative Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at Corn Creek project has recently obtained LEED Platinum
Publically Certified Building Status from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is only the seventh LEED Platinum project
in Nevada and the first one certified since July, 2012.

Built for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Corn Creek Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center is located off of
Corn Creek Road & Mormon Wells Road, in Corn Creek, Nevada which is 23 miles north of Las Vegas off of US 95 in
unincorporated Clark County, Nevada. Created in 1936 as a refuge for the elusive desert bighorn sheep, the 1.5 million‐
acre wildlife area remains the largest in the lower 48 states. Burke Construction Group previously built the Corn Creek
Maintenance facility in 2012, which was the first major improvement to the wetlands in decades. Visitors are now able
to fully enjoy walking the trails on the east side of the creek and around the lower ponds.

The Refuge is a Net Zero Energy Campus with the ultimate performance goal of the facility of producing as much energy
as it consumes annually. The Net Zero elements included passive design strategies, photovoltaic arrays, and solar hot
water heating. The 10,000 square‐foot visitor center enjoys interactive exhibit spaces, administrative offices, enlarged
parking areas for visitors and employees, new signage for trails and rehabilitation of disturbed landscaping.

Funding for the $7,564,226 million project came comes from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act.
Burke Construction Group’s Director of Pre‐Construction Services, Thad Lawrence, LEED AP bd + c, served as Project
Executive and John McKinnon served as project superintendent.

“We are very proud to have been a part of the collaborative effort that resulted in this prestigious level of LEED Platinum
certification for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.”, said Tony Dazzio, Burke Construction Group Chief Marketing /
Governmental Affairs Officer. “It was a privilege to partner with Moe Entezar of Compendium International, John
Sawdon of SH Architecture and LEED Consultant Jennifer Turchin of Sellen Sustainability on this innovative project. The
Corn Creek Visitors Center has made the wetlands more accessible for our community, while protecting its natural
resources. This is a project we are all truly proud of”.

Construction was completed in December, 2013. For more information, please contact Loralee Jones with Burke
Construction Group at 702‐367‐1040.

About Burke Construction Group

Winner of the 2014 NAIOP General Contractor of the Year Spotlight Award and the 2013 AGC J.A. Tiberti Pioneer Spirit Award, Burke Construction Group continues to provide clients with award‐winning construction and construction management based on a wealth of experience; building throughout the Southwest in diverse markets for over 30 years. We are committed to utilizing advanced technologies in green building, pre‐construction services, estimating, CMAR, value engineering, scheduling, project management, document & cost control. For more information, please visit

About Compendium International

Compendium International, Inc. (C2i) is a multi‐disciplinary service disabled veteran owned general contracting and environmental construction and consulting small business. We have provided construction services to Department of Defense (DOD), private, city, county and state governments since 2008. We provide our clients not only with the best quality of work and experience, but with the best value in the industry. Our commitment to workmanship and client satisfaction is our highest priority. For more information please visit

About SH Architecture

For over 25 years, the work of SH Architecture has been firmly grounded in the creation of a client‐centered
architecture which evokes a shared passion and excitement. Our sustainable design legacy is continuously expressed through expertise, education and advocacy, as we strive to elevate our clients’ projects and our communities to new levels of responsible
and practical environmental action. For more information please visit‐

About Sellen Sustainability

Sellen Sustainability focuses on advancing sustainability in the built environment through consulting  and training services as a wholly‐owned subsidiary of Sellen Construction. Our service offerings are differentiated by our deep experience in the built environment and construction industry, and by our ability to create comprehensive frameworks that add value for our clients by improving efficiency for projects and portfolios. We offer a multi‐disciplinary team with broad professional experience in architecture, construction, education, and engineering. To create value, we marry visionary leadership with a pragmatic results‐based approach. For more information please visit