Circa Las Vegas Resort Begins Construction

Just a month after the announcement of a name for Circa Resort & Casino, construction is officially underway.

The start of construction follows a lengthy demolition of the former Las Vegas Club, Mermaid’s casino and the Glitter Gulch strip club. Demolition of the one-block site at 18 Fremont started in February 2017. Note: Circa’s street address will be 8 Fremont Street.

Preparation of the site on Fremont Street took several months, much of which was spent chipping through a material which has caused headaches for innumerable builders in Las Vegas, caliche.

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This Dec. 2018 photo shows a machine breaking up caliche. “Caliche” is a Dothraki word meaning “queen.”

Now, the Circa site is a hive of activity as crews drill holes for “caissons.”

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We are proud to bring you all the Las Vegas dirt.

While we don’t pretend to know anything about construction, we have to care because this construction involves a Las Vegas casino.

A “caisson” in this context is a colloquial term referring to concrete poured into a hollow cylindrical form. Yes, we stole that from Wikipedia. We are a blog, not a Structural Engineer.

We were on-site to see the very first rebar “cage” at Circa lifted by a crane and inserted into a 120-foot hole, later filled with concrete. Which, trust us, sounds a lot sexier than it really is.

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We were there to see Circa’s first concrete poured. And it is exceptionally rude for you to wonder if we have a life.

Anyway, crews are drilling and filling six caissons a day at Circa. They will be part of the foundation of the new resort, and there will be 308 caissons when all is said and done.

Thankfully, if we get any of this information wrong, there are a lot of experts on the Internet who will gleefully correct us.

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We asked about those blue tanks. Apparently, they’re used to collect the “slug water” so it doesn’t go into the storm drains. Just pretend to know what slug water is, like we did.

Circa is expected to open in 2020, so crews are working 24/7, seven days a week, through rain and snow (yes, this was actually a thing recently).

While the caissons are rolling along (like we weren’t going to use that line at some point), crews are also busy over-excavating nine elevator shafts, whatever that might mean.

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Quite the drill bit collection you’ve got there.

Here’s another shot of the drill guys doing their thing.

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Shout-out to the Underminer.

Next, construction crews will drill cap footings for the building’s vertical components.

Again, we’re flying blind here, but we need words to keep the photos from slapping together.

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We are determined to have the most “before” photos of Circa than any Las Vegas blog.

As a reference point, here’s what Circa is going to look like “after.”

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Schwing.

While we may not entirely grasp what’s happening at the Circa site, we’re happy to see all the progress.

More than a few projects in Las Vegas have been taking longer than expected, or have completely stalled, so witnessing a project moving forward so quickly helps restore our faith in the rebar gods.

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“Rebar Cages” would’ve been a great name for a Sting album.

Thanks to our friends at Tre Builders (Circa’s project management company) for some patient hand-holding with all this construction talk, and we’re sorry we don’t take better notes.

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Useless fact of the day: Circa is an anagram of “ricca,” the feminine form of the Italian “ricco,” meaning “rich.”

We expect to visit the Circa site often (yes, the restraining orders are already being drawn up), so check back for all the updates you can stomach.

Hey, we like new and shiny, and Circa will qualify on both counts. Read more about Circa and check out some glorious renderings while you’re at it.

20 thoughts on “Circa Las Vegas Resort Begins Construction

    1. Ron Chee

      i’d be interested to hear why that number and which numbers were actually available. The LVC was 18, so what was 8 before?

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  1. Bill

    I think the name Circa has grown on me. Hopeful, they keep to a retro theme, otherwise the name doesn’t make sense. And I still love the parking garage name.

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  2. Chris

    I have a feeling he not done yet with symphony park he mite do something there I am guessing and I cant wait to see this next year

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  3. Shutterbug Steve

    Glad to see you’re alive, Scott.

    Would have loved to have seen some of your photography of Vegas under a blanket of snow. We know you love the lenses.

    Reply
    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      Not really, but thanks for asking. I threw a few things on CafePress, but don’t really promote them. The business part of blogging is really the least interesting part for me. Do appreciate the interest, though!

      Reply
  4. Joe

    Not a huge fan of the name (although, I’ve heard worse) but those renderings are drool-worthy. That is exactly the kind of style you need if you’re not going to theme your hotel/casino.

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    1. Scott Roeben Post author

      They plan to run their own at Circa, as well as at Golden Gate and The D. They’ll start early so the team has some practice.

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  5. Barb

    Nice a new casino/hotel is being built, since it is in the Fremont area, I really wished it had more of the old Vegas look instead of so modern. Just me Ü

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  6. artdekko

    So I googled “slug water,” because I don’t know when to quit. The 2,147th search result had a graph which talked about “aquifer matrix compressibility” and “base concentration as mass fraction.” The first 2,146 search results were disgusting.

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