Evelyn Lee

IS IT GREEN?: Las Vegas CityCenter

by , 01/07/10

CityCenter, Las Vegas, Sustainable Development, MGM, Mirage, Green Building, LEED Gold, Aria, Vdarra, Sustainable Spa, Sustainable Casino, Mandarin, Crystals, MGM Development, World Class Hospitality, Luxury Accommodations

We are happy to see clean modern lines throughout CityCenter and applaud the lack of the usual kitschy Vegas themes found on the strip. Daniel Liebskin, the architect behind the Crystals ultra chic retail destination, notes his commitment to sustainability and the client’s perspective on the project, “Architects in the 21st century must all take a sustainable approach to building. Any other solution would be irresponsible. I am fortunate to have many clients with a similar view, but MGM Mirage set an incredibly high expectation for all the design teams on this project and they made a commitment which was inspiring.

Obviously we can’t overlook the on-site co-gen plant, the world’s first fleet of stretch limos running off of compressed natural gas, and the innumerable sustainable features that will save power and water. However since LEED is an additive certification program with no requirements to maintain what’s already in place, this means that MGM Mirage’s Energy and Environmental Services Division can wrap-up shop on this project, and we’ll hear little more about its sustainable achievements once the dust finally clears.

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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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