A world-class venue rivaling great theaters and opera houses worldwide, the $470 million Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, is located on a 61-acre former Union Pacific railyard site. Residual petroleum and solvent contamination meant health risks needed to be addressed before design and construction began.
Kleinfelder was charged with completing a vapor intrusion investigation and human health risk assessment on a building not yet constructed. Without a complete final design, Kleinfelder would need to anticipate a range of future site conditions and building configurations to provide the civil design team maximum construction options. The team would then create a vapor mitigation system to protect building occupants based on these assessments and recommendations.
By piecing together histories and reports from years of extensive environmental investigations in the area, Kleinfelder developed a comprehensive conceptual site model. Using this model, the team designed a vapor intrusion investigation that would support a human health risk assessment on a range of potential receptor groups. Working closely with owners, representatives, and the civil design team enabled Kleinfelder to address specific health and safety concerns, streamlining the investigation and meeting the project's tight schedule.
After submitting the health risk assessment, Kleinfelder was retained to perform a comprehensive cost analysis of mitigation alternatives—a critical component for receiving project funding from the City. Kleinfelder’s reliable and timely work ensured the project would move forward at full speed and minimal cost.