LEEDing Las Vegas
Vegas is a city of big dreams
and even bigger realities. To build CityCenter, one of the world’s largest
mixed-use developments, James Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts
International, looked to the past to find his model for tomorrow’s tourist
“I was inspired by the work of [Spanish
architect Antoni] Gaudi in helping to transform Barcelona into one of the
world’s most sustainable and desirable cities,” Murren says. “Gaudi and his
collaborators brought together a highly desirable mix of retail, recreation,
and residential. Public art and gardens help to connect people to the place.
With humility, we attempted to replicate these values in designing CityCenter.”
With contributions from some of the most
renowned living architects, CityCenter incorporates luxury hotels, condominiums, a convention center, a theatre,
retail, restaurants, and office space into a walkable, urban experience. In addition, the development was built according to Leadership in Environmental
and Energy Design Gold standards.
LEED certification is fundamentally rooted in
MGM’s core values, Murren says. CityCenter’s green elements, including a high-efficiency
onsite power plant and water reclamation system, have helped the development
become an “icon of environmental responsibility and
sustainability,” he says.
Attend CCIM Live! Oct. 15-16 in Las Vegas, where keynote speaker James Murren will share more insights on the CityCenter development.