Thursday, January 3, 2008

Varian Medical Systems is Expanding in Las Vegas

Varian Medical Systems, Inc. of Palo Alto, California, the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices for treating cancer with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy is expanding its Las Vegas operations. The company is building the LV-5 Test Cell. The 85,754 square-foot project consists of four concrete test cell vaults, a production area and administrative offices. The project is slated for completion in the second quarter of 2008. The estimated construction costs for the project are approximately $12 million. Rob Silecchia of SR Construction announced that their company had been awarded the contract. The Las Vegas-based SR Construction has built numerous healthcare facilities in Las Vegas such as Valley Hospital’s two story expansion, Summerlin Hospital‘s 3 story addition, Spring Valley Hospital’s Remodel and the facilities for Nevada Oral & Facial Surgery, among others. Palo Alto-based Hoover Associates will serve as the architect for the project.

Varian has located logistics, training, technical support and certain manufacturing in Las Vegas. In June 2004 Varian moved all classroom training from Milpitas, CA to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas facility offers classroom and hands-on training using the latest hardware and software available. Over 500 clinical and technical courses are offered annually, training 200+ students per month.

Varian manufactures SIP linear accelerators and certain radiographic products at its Las Vegas facilities which cover 147,071 square feet of floor space and 8 acres of land. Varian is another example of the medical and life businesses that are coming to Las Vegas.

1. NAIOP Southern Nevada Chapter website. NAIOP Newsbites. Company: SR Construction. December 2007.

2. Varian Medical Systems Inc. Form 10-K. Filing November 26, 2007.


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