The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino is a 6.4 million square foot megaresort on the Las Vegas strip. Schuff Steel fabricated and erected over 50,000 tons of structural steel, including a 4 level below grade steel parking structure; 150,000 square feet of convention/meeting space and a 70,000 square foot casino.
During the early stages of the project, Schuff Steel was enlisted to provide preconstruction services that included ongoing and continuous cost, design and constructability analysis throughout the design development.
With a demanding schedule and budget challenges, our team employed innovative value engineering techniques to reduce the costs and time associated with materials and manpower.
Concrete filled steel plate box columns were utilized in lieu of 4” inch thick plated W14 X 730 members, saving more than 9,000 tons of material and related fabrication hours. Additional schedule savings were also realized as the longer lead-times of receiving W14 X 730 members from overseas was eliminated.
Further, the 4” inch thick plates and heavy flanges of the W14 X 730 prescribed columns were substituted with 2 ½” inch plate “built-up box columns”, saving approximately $12 million dollars from the project’s cost.