If you haven't been to Las Vegas since the last ConExpo/Con-Agg show, you'll probably notice the new CityCenter between the Bellagio and the Monte Carlo. This 67-acre property is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World, and includes new hotels, residencies and a retail and entertainment district. Eight architectural firms worked together to bring CityCenter to life.
The construction of CityCenter was complex. According to a press release from Tishman Construction Management, one of the contractors on the job, the three-and-a-half year project required 77,000 tons of steel; 1.2 million cubic yards of concrete; 30 cranes, including 13 tower cranes; more than 3.7 million square feet of curtain wall facade; 17,000 miles of electrical wiring; and 7,000 miles of telecom, security and A/V cabling.
According to a press release from Perini Building Company, a general contractor for the project, construction of the CityCenter "spanned 18 million square feet and is comparable to building more than 12 major structures."
Like a lot of new construction, CityCenter was built with sustainability in mind. The finished project was awarded Gold LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. During construction, steps were taken to keep the project's environmental impact down including:
- the CityCenter team developed a strict construction waste management plan to redirect recyclable and reusable resources back into the manufacturing process
- mileage traveled by trucks to deliver thousands of loads of concrete and other materials was reduced by allocating space for an onsite concrete production plant and utilizing the products of more than 260 manufacturers located within a 500-mile radius of the project site
- developers selected paints, sealants, adhesives, carpet and composite wood products that do not contain toxic substances that can later be released into the air; Similar non-toxic products are used for touch-ups and renovations.
Navigating the City
With construction complete, visitors to Las Vegas now have more options to stay, play and dine. Here's a closer look at the new CityCenter:
ARIA Resort & Casino
The ARIA Resort & Casino opened in December 2009. It has 4,004 guest rooms, a 150,000-square-foot casino and 16 restaurants. It is also host to the new Cirque du Soleil show Viva ELVIS which celebrates the life and music of Elvis Preseley. If you're looking to relax you can check out the two-level spa or sip a drink at one of the resort's 10 bars and lounges. Or visit the pool deck and take a swim in one of three primary pools or the adults-only pool. The ARIA also features a space for meetings and conventions.
Vdara Hotel & Spa
Opened in December 2009, the 57-story Vdara Hotel & Spa is a non-gaming, all suite hotel with 1,495 rooms. The hotel is also home to studio and one- and two-bedroom condo-hotel residences. Guests can dine at the Silk Road restaurant or get a drink in Bar Vdara. The hotel also features a two-level spa, salon and fitness facility and 10,000 square feet of meeting and social space. Vdara's pool and lounge features one primary pool, semi-secluded plunge pools, 19 cabanas and a bar and lounge area.
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
This 47-story, 392 room non-gaming hotel and residence opened in December of 2009. The top floors of the hotel are comprised of 225 luxury condos. Guests can enjoy a meal at one of the hotels many restaurants including Twist by Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire, enjoy some afternoon tea in the Tea Lounge or have a drink and enjoy the views from the Mandarin Bar on the 23rd floor. Take a dip in the pool, exercise in one of two lap pools or enjoy the afternoon in one of the hotel's 20 cabanas. Like the other hotels at CityCenter, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas also features a two-level spa and meeting and social event space.