Henderson Awards Contract For New Events Center

Cnstruction Set To Be Completed In Early 2022

Mitch Kelly
June 17, 2020 - 7:57 am
Rendering of the proposed Henderson Events Center

Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The Henderson City Council voted Tuesday to award a design/build contract for the Henderson Event Center, future home of the American Hockey League Henderson Silver Knights and other cultural and community events, to a local team headed by The Whiting Turner Contracting Company as Lead Design/Builder. 

Other team partners include Las Vegas-based Klai Juba Wald Architecture + Interiors as Lead Architect and Perkins and Will (P+W, Inc. Nevada) as Specialty Architect.

The $84 million contract requires the awardee to design and build the project to requirements established by the City and SK Arena, LLC, an affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights and owner of the Henderson Silver Knights, for a maximum price guarantee of $70 million with $14 million preserved for technology and contingencies.  Project costs are being shared equally through a public-private partnership between the City of Henderson and SK Arena. 

The project, which reimagines the existing Henderson Pavilion as an indoor, year-round event venue, is supported by more than 70 percent of Henderson residents as determined by a statistically valid survey conducted by Discovery Nevada, an independent market research firm and a partnership of Applied Analysis and Discovery Research Group.

“Construction of the Henderson Event Center will generate more than 1,000 jobs during construction and approximately 200 full- and part-time jobs annually during its ongoing operation,” said Henderson Mayor Debra March. “Those numbers are not lost on us as our city and our community recovers from the economic impact of COVID-19.”  

Whiting Turner, with offices in Southern Nevada, has a strong history of building sports venues including UNLV Thomas & Mack Center modernization, UNLV Fertitta Football complex, Quicken Loans Arena transformation, and Georgia Tech AMC replacement facility. 

Upon completion, the City will maintain ownership of the land and the building, while SK Arena will lease the facility for the 20-year duration of the agreement with the option for two five-year extensions.  SK Arena will operate and maintain the facility and oversee its programming, bringing a variety of first-class sporting, musical and cultural events to the community, including approximately 34 AHL hockey games.

Construction on the venue and surrounding improvement is expected to begin late summer or early fall  2020 with completion by early 2022