Downtown Summerlin


When people think about new development in Las Vegas, they typically think of mega hotels, resorts and casinos. But Las Vegas continues to grow as a residential community offering premier amenities for locals. This includes the Shops at Summerlin, a mixed-use urban center that comprises 1.6 million square feet of retail, entertainment, commercial and residential space for this planned community just 15 miles from the Las Vegas strip.

Southland worked with the Howard Hughes Corporation to provide fire protection for 26 buildings of the Shops at Summerlin. The primary challenge was producing shop drawings in a timely and consistent manner so that field installation could continue uninterrupted. The team also needed to integrate the new infrastructure with the existing underground utilities that were uncovered during the excavation phase of the project.


Close coordination and communication was a defining element of the project’s management approach. The Southland team held weekly meetings to assess progress toward all deliverables and commitments, including deadlines for issuing shop drawings and providing the field team with information needed to keep pipe installation moving forward. Engineers and technicians also carried out prefabrication in the shop, which saved time during the installation.

It was also important to closely coordinate with the general contractor to work through any challenges with existing underground utilities.


The careful planning and close coordination paid off—the code compliant fire protection system was installed on time and seamlessly integrated with the existing infrastructure. And the Shops at Summerlin opened its doors even earlier than expected.

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