Industrial Architecture

Long Canyon Mine: Among ENR Southwest Best Project Winners 2017 by SHOKO SMITH


GSBS Architects and Big D Construction are being recognized by ENR Magazine for winning “Best Project 2017” in the Energy/Industrial Category for design and construction of facilities to support the function of a new, ground up, gold mine in the Goshute Valley in western Nevada. A detailed article will appear in the November issue of ENR Southwest. A panel of eight judges represented the varied demographic imprints in the industry — from project manager to vice presidents and senior architects.  

According to, Justin Jacobs, AIA, Sr. Project Manager with GSBS Architects,  the development includes a 31,000 square foot fleet maintenance facility, 7,300 square foot wash bay and 15,800 square feet in two materials processing buildings along with approximately 18,000 square feet of administration support in three separate buildings and two fueling stations, one specifically designed to serve the needs of heavy mining equipment. Due to the array of mobile equipment planned to be used on site, the maintenance facility was designed to accommodate widely varying sizes and shapes of vehicles.


A single 40 ton bridge crane, capable of lifting the dump bed off of a haul truck spans the length of the building and is mounted at a height to maintain approximately 48’-0” clear within the space. An indoor lube room housing nine separate vertical storage tanks ranging in size from 3,000 – 8,000 gallons in volume sits adjacent to the maintenance bays to deliver six different weights of motor oil as well as grease and hydraulic oil efficiently to the necessary points of delivery. A heavily reinforced concrete floor was designed to eliminate the need for jointing to accommodate shrinkage. Translucent panels ring the high bay to provide natural light into the space to supplement the high-output efficient LED lighting.