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MGM Makes It Official: Files Demolition Request for Norman Foster’s Unopened Las Vegas Hotel

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MGM Makes It Official: Files Demolition Request for Norman Foster’s Unopened Las Vegas Hotel

| architecture | August 19, 2011

MGM Resorts has finally made it official and have filed a demolition request for Norman Foster‘s unopened Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas, something they’d hinted at last month, and before then back in the fall of last year, and had likely started considering way back in 2009 when construction defects were discovered too late and the project had to be massively scaled down. The company is still viciously fighting in court with the general contractor, Perini Building, who they claim made a number of massive errors which caused unsafe, unstable conditions and resulted in an unfinished building that cost nearly $300 million but is still unusable. However, it’s that ongoing legal fight that may stall the demolition itself, for as long as the battle continues in court, the Las Vegas Sun reports that the county can’t authorize the building’s destruction, thus likely extending this whole story by at least another year or two. For their part, Perini Building, who will not sign on to exploding the Harmon, believes that MGM wants the demolition as soon as possible to help cover up evidence of the design errors that had plagued the project from the start. The company also believes that the building can not only be repaired, but that it is currently safe, disputing research funded by MGM that found much to the contrary. Should MGM be able to wrangle their way around the legal system and get the county to agree to bringing down Foster’s hotel, the Sun reports that the company expects the demolition to take roughly six months, with five more months following to remove all the rubble and return it to the vacant lot it once was.

Source: UnBeige

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After working at various design practices on a full-time and freelance basis, and starting his own design firm, David McFadden saw that there was a gap to be filled in the industry. In 1984, he created an expansive hub for architects and hiring firms to sync up, complete projects, and mutually benefit. That hub was Consulting For Architects Inc., which enabled architects to find meaningful design work, while freeing hiring firms from tedious hiring-firing cycles. This departure from the traditional, more rigid style of employer-employee relations was just what the industry needed - flexibility and adaption to modern work circumstances. David has successfully advised his clients through the trials and tribulations of four recessions – the early 80’s, the early 90’s, the early 2000’s, and the Great Recession of 2007.

2 Responses to "MGM Makes It Official: Files Demolition Request for Norman Foster’s Unopened Las Vegas Hotel"
  • not to change the subject August 19, 2011

    what a big waste of money and resources. Buildings used to last hundreds of years – now 20 year old stadia are torn down.

    • magdy August 29, 2011

      Structurally speaking, the Harmon tower was designed to adequately support the gravity (dead + live) loads, and lateral loads (Wind & Seismic) associated with the original 46 (+/-) stories design height, but was intentionally built up to 26 (+/-) stories only, almost one half of its original height, to significantly reduce these loads, and still some people have the audacity to say that the tower is unsafe; this does not add up, most definitely something is funny …… way funny.

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