Role: Structural engineering services
Halcrow Yolles has helped to create a new architectural chapter for Las Vegas, Nevada, by providing structural engineering services to CityCenter, the largest, most significant privately funded project in the United States, and one of the world’s largest green developments.
Conceived by clients MGM Mirage Inc., Las Vegas and Infinity World, the 18-million-square-foot, mixed-use project features six structures that are part of MGM’s vision to enhance Las Vegas’s reputation as a celebrated international leisure and business destination. The sleek, modern buildings stretch 76 acres along the famed Las Vegas Strip and stray from the traditional Vegas flash and glitter through the use of natural materials, such as recycled wood, stone, and concrete.
The $8.6 billion USD development produced over 10,000 construction jobs and will provide more than 12,000 others once CityCenter is fully operational. Designed by the USA’s largest collaboration of name-brand architects, it includes three upscale hotels, condominiums, entertainment space and one casino. According to CEO Bobby Baldwin, the lack of emphasis on gaming and its city-within-a-city layout make CityCenter “the next step in the evolution of Vegas.”
Halcrow Yolles helped realise several of the high-profile CityCenter structures, including those designed by world-renowned architects Studio Daniel Libeskind, Murphy/Jahn, Adamson Associates, and Kohn Pederson Fox. We brought to life the complex angles of Crystals™, a 500,000 square foot high-end retail, entertainment and dining space; ensured that the leaning 37-storey Veer Towers™ were structurally sound; and provided innovative design solutions for the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, a non-gaming mixed-use hotel, condo and spa.
We also helped CityCenter to achieve LEED® Gold ratings by incorporating key LEED® requirements into our plans and using LEED®-friendly materials, such as recycled local steel. Our dedication and extensive experience allowed us to successfully keep pace with this enormous undertaking’s aggressive construction schedule while working on several very different iconic structures simultaneously.
In the words of our client, “this huge accomplishment is a testament of your hard work, dedication and innovative thinking. Each and every one of you brought a unique experience and point of view to the project that contributed to the successful certification. I also greatly appreciate that you remained open-minded when we brought up requests, processes and procedures that may not be common in other LEED® projects. But above it all, what I value the most is that despite four long years of hard and often tedious work on this project you didn't loose sight of the true objectives of sustainable design and construction throughout. You made CityCenter the largest green project in the world!!!”