Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 | 2 a.m.
As the city of Henderson finishes work on the site that will be the future home of Union Village, a $1.5 billion medical, retail and residential complex, and prepares to turn the land over to developers, several local firms have been hired to help in the development.
The project, located on 151 acres near U.S. 95 and Galleria Drive, is still years away from completion, but local offices from the firms Cardno WRG, Terracon and Kimley-Horn and Associates have all been contracted for initial site work.
The Henderson office of Cardno WRG will review the existing site, prepare a survey and develop the civil engineering and utility reports for the development.
The environmental site assessment will be done by the Las Vegas branch of the geotechnical firm Terracon.
Kimley-Horn and Associates’ Las Vegas branch will conduct the project’s traffic and parking studies, including analyzing parking needs and preparing a master plan for traffic improvements.
The Union Village development was announced in April and will be among the first integrated health complexes in the country. The project will house a new branch of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, replacing the aging Rose de Lima campus.
Space for medical offices, retailers, residential apartments and senior independent and assisted-living housing will also be added over several phases.
Managing the project will be the Wisconsin-based Hammes Co., the country’s largest health care construction firm.
Bill Foulkes, a Hammes regional manager, said the hiring of the local firms is the beginning of a wave of economic impact and job creation that will result from the project.
“We’re very excited to be part of something that’s going to be an integral part of the community,” he said. “It hasn’t been done before and we think it’s a great idea. We think this will be the first of many (similar developments).”
Foulkes said the goal is to create a space that is on the cutting-edge of health care, combining all the services patients need in a central location to increase convenience, efficiency and the level of patient care.
“The vision is to have everybody from the doctor to the person providing physical therapy to the skilled nursing facility in one spot. And to have everyone on a single electronic records system.”