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LEED Gold Veer Towers Soar Over CityCenter in Las Vegas
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On November 18, 2010 @ 3:00 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | No Comments
One reporter  has appropriately described the twin condominium buildings as leaning “across one another like a pair of drunken revelers.” Others may see the 37-story glass towers as a welcome departure from the city’s flashing neon lights, but they still retain a bit of Las Vegas flair due to their glittering facades. Jahn describes the concept for the eco towers , saying “We wanted to do real architecture, which tips its hat towards this entertainment culture. No ‘theming’ but architecture based on urban responsibility, functional efficiency, simple and elegant form, technical refinement and environmental responsibility.”
The towers, which have already been awarded LEED Gold certification , include retail space on the lower floors and 335 condominiums per tower on the upper floors. Yellow checkerboard sunscreens shade the buildings on the east, south and western facades, limiting solar gain and providing privacy for residents. About 50% of the glass used in the project’s facade is color frit-coated vision glass, which further reduces solar gain.
The entire development at CityCenter generates its own power with a natural gas cogeneration plant  and reduces energy use through energy-efficient appliances, lighting, mechanical and HVAC systems, and a high-tech energy monitoring system. A development-wide recycling program along with water-efficient strategies, environmentally-friendly materials and construction management helped the development achieve LEED Gold.
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Via ArchDaily 
Images © Rainer Viertlboeck/Murphy Jahn
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URLs in this post:
 CityCenter: http://inhabitat.com/2010/01/07/is-it-green-citycenter/
 Six of the CityCenter buildings: http://www2.citycenter.com/environment/commitment/
 Murphy Jahn: http://www.murphyjahn.com/base.html
 Death Ray building: http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/las-vegas-death-ray.html
 Image: http://www.lvbusinesspress.com/articles/2010/01/18/news/iq_33669731.txt
 LEED Gold certification: http://inhabitat.com/2010/01/07/is-it-green-citycenter/4/
 natural gas cogeneration plant: http://www2.citycenter.com/environment/energy/
 + CityCenter: http://www.citycenter.com/
 ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/87923/veer-towers-murphy-jahn/
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