Vegas on the hi-rise

Sep 20, 2005 4:45 AM

MGM Mirage last week offered up first glimpses of its $5 billion Project CityCenter — a veritable vertical city that will redefine the Las Vegas experience and influence contemporary urban design throughout the world.

The project — earmarked for the Strip between Bellagio and Monte Carlo hotels — features a stunning 60-story, 4,000-room hotel/casino, two 400-room, non-gaming hotels, about 500,000 square feet of retail shops, dining and entertainment venues and 1,640 units of luxury condominiums.

The largest privately financed development in the United States, Project CityCenter is nearly halfway through a 20-month design process and is scheduled to open in late 2009.

The Perini Building Company is lead contractor on the project, with Tishman Construction Corporation serving as the executive construction manager.

In addition, some of the world’s top design, architectural and construction partners will be involved in Project CityCenter.

"A paradigm-shifting project fueled by the vision, diversity and resources of MGM Mirage demands a team of respected architects and designers, and we have put them to work to give form to an urban experience like none other in Las Vegas," said Terry Lanni, chairman and chief executive officer of MGM Mirage. "Project CityCenter confirms a cultural and lifestyle revival of city living, reaffirms the growing sophistication and maturity of Las Vegas and sets a benchmark for new growth and exciting new experiences as the city moves into its next 100 years."

Led by renowned architects Cesar Pelli, Rafael Vinoly, Sir Norman Foster, James KM Cheng and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, architecture, design and construction teams unveiled their plans following three days of meetings.

"Project CityCenter will benefit immensely from our collaborative and integrated design approach in boosting efficiencies in operation and in developing new technologies that boost sustainability, while customizing the look of this new Las Vegas experience," said Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of Mirage Resorts Inc.

Charting a new course for responsible growth in Las Vegas, MGM Mirage also announced its plans to pursue Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at Project CityCenter.

The 18-million square foot, multi-use project will incorporate elements designed to make it one of the world’s largest environmentally-friendly urban communities.

From garden roofs to the use of reclaimed water, to the creation of a central, on-site power plant, Project CityCenter is being designed to promote the most responsible use of water, electricity and natural gas.

MGM Mirage will pursue LEED certification for the project, implementing to the highest degree possible generally accepted criteria for sustainable construction outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council.

"Designing Project CityCenter with sustainable elements reinforces its permanence and creates a healthier environment for our future tenants and guests, as well as for the 12,000 people who will ultimately work at Project CityCenter," Baldwin said.