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Affordable Concepts Inc.

Building Value

In 1985, Affordable Concepts Inc. (ACI) was founded by Bob Potter and his father, Sammie. ACI began as a small residential contractor, but soon made the switch to the commercial arena. With the help of a knowledgeable team, the Potters have grown the company into one of the most successful and well-respected general contractors in Southern Nevada. The ACI team enjoys over 170 years of combined experience. Potter, president and CEO, explains, “By providing quality services, we earn the respect of the community, the trust of our clients and the loyalty of our employees.”

ACI’s philosophy is based on “accountability, commitment and integrity.” This foundation has fostered a close relationship between ACI and its clients, as well as its subcontractors. Recognized for a number of projects by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and acknowledged as one of the top contractors by Southwest Contractor Magazine, ACI is also known for being one of the five safest contractors in Nevada.

ACI’s services include site development, design-build and tenant improvements, in addition to traditional general contracting. The company delivers projects across many sectors, such as healthcare, office, retail, industrial and education. ACI holds two licenses: a full “B” and an “AB” Engineering license, both with unlimited amounts designated by the Nevada State Contractors Board.

Knowledge + Experience Delivers

ACI is committed to delivering the best value to its clients. In that vein, the company constantly seeks to improve its company-wide expertise. In 2010, Scott Weisheim, executive vice president, and Nelson Cumana, vice president, both received their Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) designation. This program is managed by the American Hospital Association, and to become certified there are eligibility requirements, an examination and renewal requirements. In addition, all CHC designees must adhere to a Professional Standards of Conduct.

Some of ACI’s more notable healthcare projects include the Valley Hospital O.R. expansion and renovation, the Spring Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit, Desert Cardiology, Summerlin Medical Office Building III and, most recently, the Brown Hand Center. Weisheim notes, “Healthcare facilities are increasingly complex and there are a number of governing authorities with their own set of codes to meet.”

“Finding a contractor that has experience with medical projects that range from medical gases to infectious controls, as well as the structural support needed for surgical lighting systems, is a huge benefit to our healthcare clients,” Cumana added.

ACI remains diversified, with experience ranging from large industrial and co-generation plants, healthcare facilities, heliports and restaurants to big chains such as Burger King, Discount Tires, Auto Zone and Walgreens, as well as quality tenant improvements and office buildings.

One of the more recent office buildings was built for Craig P. Kenny and Associates. This stunning facility in downtown Las Vegas is also highly functional. The 24,000-square foot Class A office building includes four floors on a half-acre property. The first floor is a secured parking area, while the second and third floors are office space. The fourth floor includes employee amenities, such as full kitchen and balcony, a gym with showers, game room, theater room and a half-court basketball court.

Building Green, Building Smart

Sustainability is playing a more important role in development these days. The U.S. Green Building Council recognizes buildings that use more sustainable products and are more energy-efficient by issuing certifications based on an elaborate point system. Individuals receive accreditation for their knowledge of these principles. Potter qualified as a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009.

ACI’s first green venture was the construction of the Evergreen Recycling Center. This facility specializes in the recycling and salvaging of construction materials and was necessary for the commercial recycling programs that allowed MGM Resorts International’s CityCenter Las Vegas project to receive its many LEED Certifications.

The Evergreen Recycling Center is a design-build steel building. In order to meet the CityCenter deadlines, this facility had to be completed in just six months and was constructed on an accelerated six days-per-week, 10 hours-per-day schedule. This clear span metal building, at 200 feet x 266 feet, needed to be open and that required exterior steel columns. ACI used 200 yards of concrete footing at each column to give the building stability.

One of ACI’s most complex tenant improvements was the renovation of Odds On Studios, a world-renowned recording and mixing facility. This 8,500-square foot facility required special construction for sound isolation between the studios. Three slabs of concrete had to be poured and separated by microflex acoustic insulation. Walls and ceilings were mounted with microflex sound isolation baffles and special doors were used to further muffle sound. The sound isolation glass panel systems were triple-glazed and moisture-proof.

“We had a very tight schedule due to the specialized materials that needed long lead times and a very limited lay down area,” explains Bob Palochik, vice president, who adds, “But the real challenge was conducting our work while the business continued to operate.”

ACI is known for exceeding expectations and the company’s team has earned a great reputation in the community for delivering quality projects. Potter says, “We come in early. We stay late. We do whatever it takes to satisfy the customer.”

With a wealth of certifications, expertise in almost every area of construction and a strong portfolio of repeat clientele, Affordable Concepts, Inc. is poised to continue as a leader in the commercial construction community.

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