Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 | 2:05 a.m.
When Las Vegas tourists eat Maine lobster or Alaska king crab at some of the city’s best restaurants, they owe some thanks to Marnell Properties.
The company gave the public its first look today at the Marnell Air Cargo Center, a 200,928-square-foot freight and distribution center near Surrey Street and Russell Road, just east of McCarran International Airport’s Terminal 3 construction site.
At final build-out, the facility is expected to handle 100,000 tons of freight a year. FedEx, the United Postal Service, Worldwide, ATS, Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air and US Air already are tenants of the facility. Marnell officials have about 60,000 square feet left to lease.
The Air Cargo Center is part of the Marnell Airport Center master plan, a 19-acre development at McCarran that includes freight and distribution processing as well as office space.
David Simard, senior vice president of Marnell Properties, said planning for the cargo facility began in 2005 and construction began in 2008.
The long, narrow facility has state-of-the-art bioscanning facilities on doors opening to the airport apron. Each suite in the building includes bays that open to the airport apron where up to seven large aircraft can park.
The land-side frontage of the cargo center is custom built to the specifications of the tenant. Some, like UPS, have custom doors specifically sized for the company’s trucks while others have back-in loading docks or oversized bay doors.
“We build the front end to whatever the customer needs,” Simard said. “The floor plan inside each bay also is at the discretion of the customer. We have one- or two-story offices and some companies even have refrigeration units for companies that transport things like fresh fish.”
Full bays occupy 7,176 square feet and Marnell also offers half bays of 3,588 square feet.
The new cargo center replaces a smaller facility that was positioned in what is now the Terminal 3 construction site.
The Marnell facility has the top four air cargo customers in Las Vegas, according to the 2010 In Business Las Vegas Book of Lists. Top cargo haulers include FedEx, United Parcel Service, Southwest Airlines and US Airways.
According to McCarran International statistics, the airport has handled 126.6 million pounds of cargo through the first eight months of 2010.