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Improvements Planned For Convention Center, Livestock Center


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By Carla O’Day

Plans to repave much of the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center parking lot and to re-roof part of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center were approved Thursday by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority board.

Sparks-based Sierra Nevada Construction Inc. got the $588,007 contract and is scheduled to begin in August and last about 10 days. About 354,000 square feet of the livestock center’s lot will be taken down 7 inches, regraded and re-striped.

“This has been declared a critical need by pretty much every user,” said Brian Rivers, RSCVA finance director.

The convention center’s roof over the Upper A meeting rooms was installed in 1998 and outlived its 10-year warranty but has deteriorated and needs replacing, RSCVA staff said. Examples include reoccurring leaks and patching them several times.

Board member Nat Carasali said it seems “catch up” has been played on the property and that other things also need work.

Rivers acknowledged the convention center’s parking lots, carpet, lighting and boiler systems are also areas of need. However, the said his roof will have a 25-year warranty.

“There’s no shortage of need,” Rivers said.

Sparks company Western Single Ply got the $345,600 roofing contract. The 5-week project is scheduled to start later this summer.


  • Glenn Carano, general manager of Silver Legacy Resort & Casino and Eldorado Resort Casino, will join the RSCVA board, replacing Tony Mavrides of Circus Circus Reno. Carano’s appointment is for 2 years.
  • Washoe County Commissioner Bob Lucey was reappointed as RSCVA board chairman for the next fiscal year and Sparks Councilman Ed Lawson was reappointed vice chairman.
  • The board accepted the operations report and transient lodging statistics, which was presented by RSCVA staff. Jennifer Cunningham, interim managing director, said RSCVA had its best year in history in terms of taxable revenue. The $4.1 million surcharge revenue goal will come out at almost $4.3 million.
  • The board authorized $7,500 per month payments to Reno-based OnStrategy to lead the execution of its strategic plan.
Carla O'Day
Carla O'Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.