Due to open in December on 67 acres between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, the city’s new CityCenter resort area is designed to be one of the world’s largest sustainable developments.
Designed by eight famous architects, the 18-million-square-foot development expects to achieve a combination of gold and silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings by the U.S. Green Building Council throughout its hotels, residences, dining and retail outlets and public spaces.
These will include ARIA, a 61-story, 4,004-room gaming resort; luxury non-gaming hotels, among them Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental and Vdara Hotel; Veer Towers, the development’s only strictly residential buildings; and Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. Vdara, Mandarin Oriental and Veer Towers will include approximately 2,400 residences. Additionally, The Harmon, a 400-room luxury boutique hotel, is slated to open at CityCenter in late 2010. CityCenter also will feature a resident Cirque du Soleil production celebrating the musical legacy of Elvis Presley; and a fine art collection with works by artists such as Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others.
CityCenter’s developers, MGM Mirage and Dubai World subsidiary Infinity World Development Corps, claim that CityCenter’s size and purchasing power are allowing it to drive green economies of scale in several industry segments, paving the way for other entities to build and operate sustainably. Additionally, the developers say, CityCenter has moved beyond existing green practices to introduce industry-wide innovations.
Sustainability highlights include:
● The first energy-generation capability on The Strip through CityCenter’s 8.5 megawatt natural-gas co-generation plant, which will provide efficient electricity on site, reduce emissions and use “waste heat” to provide all domestic hot water
● Water conservation technology and programs that will save between 32 per cent and 39 per cent within the buildings and 60 per cent in outdoor landscaping
● The first-ever fleet of stretch limos powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG)
● The United States’ most technologically advanced hotel rooms, with features that will allow guests to “green their stay”
● Development of slot machine bases that serve as floor air-conditioning units, efficiently cooling guests from the ground up rather than wasting energy on empty space by cooling from the ceiling
● Energy-efficiency initiatives providing a saving equivalent to powering 7,700 households annually
● Creation of a large-scale recycling operation that has enabled the recycling or reuse of more than 230,000 tons of construction waste, including 80 per cent of the imploded Boardwalk Hotel.