Las Vegas Home Buyers Satisfied
Del Webb ranks highest in homebuilder customer satisfaction in the Las Vegas market for a second consecutive year, according to the recently-released “J.D. Power and Associates 2005 New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Study.” The study, which measures customer satisfaction with new-home builders in 30 of the largest U.S. homebuilding markets, was based on 10 factors that drive overall satisfaction, including customer service, quality of workmanship, value and location. Del Webb, which is owned by Pulte, ranked No. 1, followed by Pulte and KB Home. The overall average customer satisfaction index score in Las Vegas was 113 – down 10 index points from 2004, but close to the 30-market average of 112. To be included in the 2005 study, Las Vegas-area builders must have closed 150 or more homes in the market in 2004.
Summerlin Office Building Underway
Christopher Commercial is developing Parkway Pointe, a new 53,000-square-foot, Class-A office building on a 2.75-acre parcel at the northeast corner of Summerlin Parkway and Town Center Drive in Las Vegas. The two-story, $12.5-million office building will accommodate firms requiring anywhere from 1,200 square feet to 26,000 square feet of contiguous space. The outdoor areas of Parkway Pointe will feature landscaped walkways, while interiors will include stone flooring, wood paneling, steel accents, custom light fixtures and state-of-the-art telecommunications. The architect for the project is Swisher and Hall Architects; Burke and Associates is general contractor. Completion of the building is scheduled for summer 2006.
Multi-Use Development Planned for Carson City
Metcalf Builders, Inc., a Carson City-based general contractor specializing in commercial, resort and medical construction, recently announced plans for a luxury multi-use development on Curry Street in Carson City. Called Westknoll, the two-building complex, which represents the city’s first mixed-use development with units available for purchase, is slated to break ground during the fourth quarter of 2005. Each building’s first floor will be reserved for executive office suites up to 3,200 square feet. The second floors will house residential condos ranging from 1,200 square feet to 1,750
square feet. Also available on the second floor are office condos, which will provide a minimum of 6,400 square feet of flex space. The third floor of each building will feature residential condos, offices and penthouses. Architect for the project is Hannafin Design Architects of Carson City.
Partners Develop Durango Village
Las Vegas-based commercial developer CENTRA Properties has acquired 65 acres along the I-215 Beltway and Durango, and company officials have announced they are working with several other land owners in the area to develop a master plan for a project called Durango Village. The urban village will include a mix of residential, retail and office products, with 30 acres reserved for commercial development and 35 acres for mid-rise residential towers. Durango Village, estimated to cost more than $500 million, will be co-developed with the leading homebuilder in the Southern Nevada market, KB Home. The project is expected to break ground in the second quarter of 2006, with completion scheduled for 2009.
MGM MIRAGE Announces Project CityCenter Team
Architecture, design and construction teams met the press recently to share the concepts and ideas they are developing for Project CityCenter, the $5 billion urban village being built in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip by MGM MIRAGE. The project features a 60-story, 4,000-room hotel/casino, two 400-room non-gaming hotels, about 500,000 square feet of retail shops, dining and entertainment venues and 1,640 units of luxury condominiums. Gensler, executive architect for Project CityCenter, is responsible for providing project leadership for the entire master plan. HKS Architects is the architect of record for the hotel/casino, Leo A Daly is the architect of record for the residential areas and Adamson Associates is the architect of record for the two non-gaming hotels. Project CityCenter, the largest privately financed development in the United States, is nearly halfway through a 20-month design process and is scheduled to open in late 2009. The Perini Building Company is lead contractor on the project, with Tishman Construction Corporation serving as the executive construction manager.