Evelyn Lee

IS IT GREEN?: Las Vegas CityCenter

by , 01/07/10

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In coordinating all of the design teams, Gensler sought to provide the greatest amount of green for the buck, given the extent of the site: “MGM MIRAGE and Gensler’s team focused on the strategies with the greatest opportunity for impact and highest return on investment. For example, the central combined heat and power plant was probably the best move from an energy performance standpoint and yields direct cost savings over the life of the project. The landscape designers embraced the challenge of creating vibrant desert landscapes that minimize the need for irrigation. It was also really important to make informed decisions on which strategies were appropriate and which strategies were not so that we didn’t slow down the design and construction process and could focus the team’s efforts on the best solutions.

Which really brings us to the question: are the clients that CityCenter hoping to attract really ready for all this sustainability, or is the hospitality industry still going to struggle with delivering quality service and the luxury products people are used to seeing? RV Architecture, the architects behind the Vdara resort believes so, “Vdara is an example of modern architecture as Las Vegas attraction, not reliant on the dated styles or themes common to most Las Vegas hotels. And that modern hi-end residential Las Vegas architecture can have refinement and sophistication and still be done with an environmental conscience that does not suffer in quality.

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2 Comments

  1. redrock January 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    To the best of my knowledge, as a Las Vegas resident and practicing Architect, the major casino projects on the Las Vegas strip do not use water from Lake Mead. Most have pre-existing well water rights from the historic desert ranch properties that they replaced. A concern should be to make sure that these large urban projects are doing their best to recycle this water and to recharge the existing underground aquifer, offsetting their water use as much as possible.

  2. manny January 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Looks fantastic…my one concern..where will the water come from in the future?
    At present all the water serving Las Vegas comes from nearby Lake Mead. For the past 10 years the levels of this lake has been declining. If it contines to decline at present rate, then in less than 12 years Lake Mead will be a dust bowl!

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