Permitting Info For Hyperloop One Test Track In Las Vegas — What Does It Reveal?

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An overview of the permitting to date in relation to the Hyperloop One test track in North Las Vegas, and to the nearby Metalworks manufacturing facility, was recently put together by Jack Cookson over at BuildZoom, providing a number of interesting new data points.


In particular, it’s been revealed that total estimated job value on the Hyperloop One test track to date (since January 2016) now rests at around $1.9 million — with 3 building permits for the test track (located at 13575 Apex Power Parkway in North Las Vegas) having been obtained to date. These were obtained in January 2016, March 2016, and June 2016.

That overview also notes that third-party special inspections of the project are being handled by Southwest Electritech Services.

Here are descriptions of the 3 permits:

  • Construction of a 1′ 8” x 6′ x 1400m concrete slab high speed test track. ($300k)
  • Installation of electrical system for the test track. ($961K)
  • Construction of foundation for a new 75’ x 350’ tent structure (26,250 square foot). ($664K)

With regard to the Metalworks manufacturing facility for Hyperloop parts (located at 4660 Berg St in North Las Vegas), the original coverage notes that, going by permit figures, the total job value for the project to date is ~$2 million.


Continuing, permits for Phase I of the project were obtained in June from the city of North Las Vegas’s Building Department. Here’s a description of the two permits, from the overview:

  • The first is for a 230kw generator supplying a 480 volt current and associated electrical systems, as well as connections to multiple water jet machines. The water jets are used to cut metal.
  • The second permit appears to be for constructing a barrier wall to block off the 106,478 square foot area used by Hyperloop One from the remainder of the 450,946 square foot building.

With regard to Phase II, a total of 8 permits were obtained in August. Here are descriptions of some of those:

  • Fitting the 106,478 square foot warehouse space for management and manufacturing of hyperloop parts.
  • A 28′ x 8′ single slider gate with automatic vehicle identification and a 20′ x 8′ double swing wrought iron gate.

In total, 6 different contractors have worked on the project. These are:

  • Martin-harris Construction, Inc (General Construction)
  • Helix Electric (Electric)
  • P and L Fencing and Iron LLC (Fences and Gates)
  • Southland Industries (Fire)
  • American Sheet Metal Inc (Mechanical)
  • A Campagna Company LLC (Plumbing)

Third-party inspections are being conducted by:

  • Aries Consultants
  • Geotek
  • 393559

So, what’s the takeaway of all of this? Things are moving along.

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