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ELKO — After about a year since breaking ground, NewFields Mining Design & Technical Services celebrated the completion of a combined office and lab in Elko this fall.

The facility, at 2229 N. Fifth St., allowed the firm to consolidate its operations and put its approximately 25 employees under one roof — when they are in town. Most of the staff members are deployed at mine sites in places including Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and South America.

“We’ve just got people all over the place,” said Lisa Olsen, office manager. “In my time here, this is the busiest year.”

NewFields held an open house Sept. 27, when guests could see the 5,000-square-foot facility that includes six walled offices, four open offices and a large conference room. Inside, enlarged prints of historic mine sites such as Ruby Hill and Cortez and Newmont projects line the walls.

Constructed by Kelly Builders, the facility also features a 1,000-square-foot clean lab that will allow NewFields to provide added geotechnical testing services, such as advanced strength testing capabilities and additional permeability testing capacity.

With the expanded lab capabilities, staff hopes “to provide more services to the clients and faster turnaround,” said Kerry Magner, senior engineer.

A large portion of the NewFields property has been reconstructed to provide enclosed all-weather storage of field equipment and geotechnical samples. NewFields expects to create mobile testing labs to be staged at remote sites.

“There is a lot of work around Elko,” Magner said.

NewFields is an international multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm with more than 5,000 projects completed in 70-plus countries. The Elko office opened in 2012.

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