Las Vegas Raiders Stadium Construction Update: Allegiant Stadium Roof System is Botched
LAS VEGAS, NV: Today, JediRich.com can confirm that the EFTE cable net roof at the new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas cannot be raised because inspectors from Grand Canyon Development Partners shut down the project in December 2019. Related, JediRich.com Studios was the FIRST to news outlet to report that a roof truss came down on June 13 2019.
We reported that removing a structurally sound roof truss would weaken the integrity of the structure when we first noticed they removed and dismantled a roof truss in June of 2019. Eventually, on June 17, Mick Akers wrote a story explaining the truss removal and the subsequent removal of structural bolts to "make the other trusses fit."
Inspectors from Grand Canyon Development Partners say shutting the roof project down was necessary because structural members of the stadium were overstressed when they tried lifting the roof. Th project got shut down in December 2019 after they discovered the cables overstressed structural members of the Stadium and (broke) 8 bolts when they tried lifting the roof in November, 2019.
The reason the roof system failed is because Don Webb's crew removed a roof truss on June 13, 2019. The crews removed a 600 ton mounted truss when they realized the trusses "didn't fit". JediRich.com Studios was the first outlet in Las Vegas to report that a mounted truss had been taken down. Read the article here.
JediRich.com Studios is a video production company. But when we saw Mortenson-McCarthy remove a mounted truss and not tell anyone, the Jedi alerted the authorities through social media reports.
When JediRich.com Studios (@JediJoyRichShow, @JediRichcom, @TheNakedJedi) reported that the roof truss had been taken down, instead of being appreciated for discovering the news, they were ignored and even ridiculed on social media. So they started a mini-Twitter campaign with Alien Nic (@AlienNicShow) and Tyler Spalding (@TylerSpaldingNY) to pressure the local media to report the truth about the safety of the stadium. In other words, we tagged and tagged and tagged the local anchors, news reporters and every government agency that would be concerned with news outlets failing to disclose material evince that the stadium is not structurally sound .
But every JediRich.com report was countered by Mick Akers from the Review-Journal and Scott Gulbransen from Entercom with a story to promote the immense progress at the stadium; exactly the opposite of what was happening.
On June 27th, Rick Velotta from the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote a story to discuss the roof trusses that didn't fit. instead of screaming to the public 10 TRUSSES NEED TO BE REBUILT, he reassured the public that the "ill-fitting trusses" would not delay the July 31 2020 opening.
First, why would the completion date be a concern when you are talking about the roof? Safety should have been first concern. This is how we noticed that Rick Velotta was biased at the risk of injuring human life.
When Mortenson-McCarthy attempted to raise the roof in November of 2019, they broke 8 out of 44 structural bolts. These 44 structural roof bolts attach the 600 ton roof trusses the the iron beams. There are twenty-six roof trusses that hang over the heads of 65,000 guests, more if there is a concert. Out of the twenty-six roof trusses, at least 10 were built wrong; they did not fit.
We spoke to a structural expert. They said that if a construction crew tampers with structural members of a building, then the structure will not have the same integrity as the original blueprint design
Rick Velotta wrote that the crew actually removed, racked and shimmed the bolts to "make them fit". Rick said that there were 8 bolts out of 560,000 bolts. These aren't the same bolts. The inspectors would not shut a project down due to broken fasteners. These are structural members of the stadium. There are only 44 of these bolts. They are huge structural bolts that are designed to support a 600 ton roof truss to the iron beams.
Rick Velotta knows that if people stop buying personal seat licenses, then they can't pay the contractors. So instead of reporting that the stadium broke 8 structural members out of 44, he emphasized, repeatedly that there were only 8 bolts out of 560,000. Rick did this in an attempt to minimize the serious of the Grand Canyon Development Partners report.
Mortenson-McCarthy has not admitted any issues with the roof.
So we concluded that the local news, the Review-Journal and the Mortenson-McCarthy Construction team were never going to report any bad new at the stadium for fear that the investors (PSL ticket holders) would not finance the building. However, we are not talking about landscaping delays. This is about structural safety that resulted in 8 structural bolts breaking when the roof system collapsed in November due to incompetence, negligence and belligerence. So Alien Nic took matters into his own hands and started researching. And when he found something, he reported to the Review-Journal, and the Las Vegas News Media Outlets: Scripps, Sinclair, Meredith and FOX aka KTNV-13, KSNV-3, 8-NEWS NOW, and FOX-5 VEGAS.
The company chosen to raise the roof was Freyssinet, a European company specializing in cable-stayed structures. They recently built a cable suspend bridge in Panama that launched August 2019. They have received much success throughout five continents but they have never attempted to raise an EFTE roof using this technology with Las Vegas contractors and unions. There is a learning curve.
Jedi Rich Lightowler changed his life after 9/11 to follow his passion for modeling, art, photography, music, video and filmmaking.
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