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CityCenter Developers Given Deadline to Devise a Strategy to Either
Repair or Demolish the Unfinished Harmon Tower

By Howard Stutz
July 15, 2011

Clark County's Building Division gave CityCenter developers until Aug. 15 to devise a strategy for either repairing or demolishing the unfinished Harmon tower after a structural engineer said the 27-story building could collapse in a strong earthquake.

In a letter Tuesday to CityCenter executive William Ham, Clark County Building Official Ron Lynn said the development, owned by MGM Resorts International and Dubai World, is required to "provide a plan of action that will abate the potential for structural collapse and protect" neighboring buildings and businesses along the Strip.

Lynn specifically cited the Crystals shopping center, its high-end retail stores and the pedestrian overpasses across the Strip and Harmon Avenue as areas that could be damaged if the Harmon were to collapse.

The county's request comes a day after structural engineering firm Weidlinger Associates of Marina Del Rey, Calif., said the Harmon was unrepairable.

Conceived as a 47-story luxury hotel and condominium tower and designed by famed British architect Lord Norman Foster, the Harmon was scaled back in size and scope and eventually mothballed after building inspectors discovered structural construction defects in 2008.

The Harmon at CityCenter is the subject of
litigation between MGM Resorts International and PeriniBuilding Co.

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Editor, Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Las Vegas, NV 89125-0070
(702) 387-2906

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Engineering Company Finds Harmon Tower Construction Defects in Las Vegas' CityCenter 'Pervasive' and Unrepairable / July 2011

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