CARSON CITY – Construction of a new 73,000-square-foot health and sciences building at the College of Southern Nevada in Henderson could start as soon as next week following approval of a $50 million construction contract by the state Board of Examiners Tuesday.
The three-member board, composed of Gov. Steve Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron Ford and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, unanimously approved the outlay among 24 major state contracts totalling $187 million, in addition to other spending.
The overall cost of the health and science building was initially projected to be about $77 million, financed with nearly $71 million in state capital improvement money and $6 million from private sources. A college spokesman said Thursday the total cost of the project had been revised downward to $58.6 million.
Tuesday’s award covers construction costs, with another $8.4 million going to pay for architectural and engineering fees and to outfit and furnish the building, said spokesman Richard Lake.
The three-story facility is expected to open in fall 2021 and also will serve Nevada State College students. It will provide additional classroom and laboratory space, allowing both schools to expand health care education programs in response to growing regional demand for nurses and other health care workers.
Note: This story was updated when the College of Southern Nevada provided revised cost figures for the project.