As a partner of Cambridge Companies, Larson Design Group (LDG) has won the Engineering-News Record (ENR) Best Project Award (Southwest Region) for structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering work on the Southern Nevada Recycling Center in Las Vegas. The facility is owned by Republic Services and is the largest single-stream recycling facility in the US.
The 110,000 sq. ft. facility is located on an 18-acre site in North Las Vegas, Nevada, and can process 70 tons of material per hour. It was designed to blend into its desert environment in appearance as well as functionality. Translucent panels and overhangs allow the building to receive light while minimizing heat. In addition to its impressive recycling systems, the building houses an educational center with displays and other information to help students and the public better understand the recycling process.
This $34 million project took over two years to complete and was finished in November 2015. A collaborative approach to co-designing was crucial due to the complexity of the recycling systems and building structure. The project had a few unique challenges to overcome, including the discovery of an unknown existing gas line, the task of lifting a garbage truck cab onto the second floor, and delayed electrical service due to the grid being overloaded during a typical hot Nevada summer.
Randy Heard, PE, LEED AP BD+C, was the project manager for LDG. Randy is a member of LDG’s Facilities Engineering division, which provides structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design for market sectors nationwide, including industrial, K-12, higher education, healthcare, retail, and municipal. In addition to Cambridge Companies, LDG worked alongside lead architect Ed Vance & Associates, as well as many third party vendors.
About Larson Design Group: Larson Design Group (LDG) is an engineering, architecture and survey firm with offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Texas. LDG is a growing, employee-owned company teaming with clients to provide responsive, innovative solutions to facility, transportation, land development, and environmental needs.