Construction of a manufacturing training facility in west Henderson was officially kicked off on Monday by Henderson city officials and representatives from the College of Southern Nevada, who claim it is an evidence of the region’s economic progress.
According to the city of Henderson, construction on the Center of Excellence, which will be located at 2200 Via Inspirada near the intersection of Via Inspirada and Volunteer Boulevard, is projected to be completed by the end of 2022. The 17,000-square-foot structure will be leased by CSN for the purposes of its advanced manufacturing training program. The structure is also home to a public art gallery as well as the city’s economic development department, among other functions.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Mayor Debra March stated, “I’m quite pleased with the momentum that we’ve created here in west Henderson.” Every week or so, it seems like we’re talking to new businesses about relocating to or expanding in the west Henderson region, or about new infrastructure that the city of Henderson is constructing to serve these businesses and the people of our community.
Via Inspirada is one of several big developments in the neighborhood, including a $12 million project that is now under construction. A new police substation will be built directly across the street from the Center of Excellence, and Haas Automation is building a manufacturing facility directly across the street from the Center of Excellence.. While this was going on, the Raiders moved their headquarters and training facility close by, and Amazon opened a distribution center nearby.
According to Derek Armstrong, Henderson’s Director of Economic Development and Tourism, the city’s bond sale proceedings would cover the vast bulk of the center’s construction costs, which are estimated to be in the neighborhood of $10 million. In addition, the project received $1.5 million in funding from the city’s American Rescue Plan funds.
“If you looked (from the site) five years ago, I believe you could see the airport, Levi’s, and the M Resort,” Armstrong continued. “When firms are looking to relocate or expand in Southern Nevada, they ask, “How can you assist us in delivering that workforce?” This is something that I see as a tool to support the employers who are currently here.
According to CSN President Federico Zaragoza, the College of Southern Nevada will operate state-of-the-art manufacturing training labs in the center to help create that workforce.
A greater number of integrated systems and computers are employed in advanced manufacturing. In the labs, students will be able to learn about programming in topics such as mechatronics, computer numerical control, and programmable logical control. It builds on the existing industrial maintenance education offered at the college.
It’s possible that Haas has a new system to put in place or a position to fill, according to Zaragoza. Our pipeline will originate from our facility since we want to use the same setup and equipment as Haas.” We’ll always meet or exceed industry requirements, no matter how stringent. It is for this reason that it is referred to as the Center of Excellence. We are making this investment because we are committed to providing a world-class training environment for our employees.”