The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) solidified a consultancy agreement with Cordell Corp., which specializes in managing the development and renovation of high-profile public assembly facilities.
On Nov. 12, the authority’s board of directors approved a new agreement with Cordell with two addendums to the contract. To keep the playing field even, Cordell can’t bid on future engineering jobs related to the LVCVA’s planned Las Vegas Global Business District and must keep its work on the project confidential. In return, the firm will receive $240,000 for its consulting services through May 2014.
“[Cordell] hit the ground running, bringing a unique perspective,” said Terry Jicinsky, senior vice president of operations, LVCVA.
Prior to this new contract, a short-term agreement allowed Cordell’s Executive Vice President and Co-owner Terry Miller to consult with LVCVA on the planning of its $2.5 billion Global Business District, a long-term project to make the Las Vegas Convention Center stand out nationally through renovations and expansions. The authority has already demolished a few nearby properties on a 5-acre tract of Sierra Vista Dr. to use for the district as well as for current storage needs.
Led by Miller and Don C. Webb, Cordell has less than 10 employees with Miller and Webb making up for this with their more than three decades of experience, according to Miller. The retired CEO of HNTB, Miller has worked with LVCVA in different capacities since 1998.
LVCVA has also engaged with other consultants for its business district. In July, LVCVA signed a consultancy agreement with the former director of the Clark County Department of Aviation, Randall H. Walker, who oversaw development of the $2.4 billion Terminal 3 at McCarran International airport. The authority has also conducted focus groups as part of its business district planning process.