The initial excitement for the new tenant that has gone through all the processes of negotiating their lease, getting their dream design down on paper ready to be constructed, selected their contractor to complete the improvements, and purchased all their furnishings and equipment ready to open their doors; can be quickly put off when it comes to ensuring proper utility service is set up for their new facility.
It is often not thought of during the lease negotiation process; however a tenant improvement can present revisions needed to utility services such as power, gas and potentially water. Each of these utility companies in Las Vegas and the surrounding communities have very specific processes to establishing new and/or revised services to commercial facilities, and these requirements are rarely conveyed during lease negotiation processes, and subsequently new tenants are caught off guard with the cost and time it takes to establish new and/or revised service.
If there is one recommendation that could be provided to prospective owners, developers, etc. would be to engage all needed utility services, i.e. Nevada Energy, Southwest Gas, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Southern Nevada Waste Water District, Cox Cable, CenturyLink and, if applicable, Southern Nevada Health District.
There are specialty consulting firms within the surrounding Las Vegas area that can assist with inception of utility services needed for commercial projects, but barring the expense to utilize one of these firms, it is recommended to engage the needed utility service organizations as soon as possible once your final lease negotiations are completed, to avoid the more common than not pitfall of being ready to open your newest dream facility, but be held back because you do not have proper utility service established.
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