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Project City Center

Las Vegas, NV
Alternate Name(s):
  • City Center
Constructed: 2005-12
Opened: 2009
Completed: 2009-11
Cost: $9.2 billion
Size (sq. ft.): 18670000
Other Size Measure: 76 acres
The Crystals - 500,000 sf Retail, Dining and Entertainment
  • Rockwell Group (Providing interior architectural design for the CityCenter Retail District)
Owners: MGM Mirage & Dubai World (50/50 Venture)
Funders: MGM Mirage
Contractors: Tishman Construction Corp. (executive construcion manager)
Perini Corp. (general contractor)
Description: "City within a city" Seven Building Complex

60-Story 4,000 Room-Hotel/Casino (Taller than any building on the strip except the Stratosphere)

2x 400 Room Non-Gaming hotel (The Harmon and the Mandarin Oriental)

1500-room condo-hotel (Vdara)

2x 300-plus unit condo towers (The Veer)
600,000 SF Convention and Conference Facilities

1,640 Luxury Condominium Units
Pedestrian Boulevards and public spaces

The Mandrin Oriental will manage one of Project CityCenter's boutique hotels

It is the most expensive private project in the history of the United States

Problems with forgetting to place rebars within the load bearing walls made of concrete have caused delays, and other issues that are currently being corrected.
Extra Note: 2005. Project Citycenter details arise. Southwest Contractor, November 12-13.

"A Full House: Sin City stacks the deck in designers' favor." By Craig Kellogg. Interior Design v.76 n.3 (2005).

Benston, Liz. “CityCenter one big green machine: 7 billion dollar mega-project to feature environmentally friendly design, construction.” Las Vegas Sun. 22 January 2007. [Online]. Available: Accessed April 2, 2007.

Blair, Scott. “MGM Mirage: Southwest Contractor's Las Vegas Owner of the Year.” Southwest Contractor September 2006. 33-37.

"Building Jackpot: No Slowdown in Sight for Las Vegas." Southwest Contractor. September 2006: 20-24.

Cohen, Andy and Finn, J.F. "Landwrites: City Within a City." Urban Land. February 2006, 94-97.

“Condo Projects in the Las Vegas Valley.” Las Vegas Review Journal. 6 November 2005. [Online]. Accessed November 7, 2005.

"Condo Projects Throughout Vegas", Las Vegas Life, April 2006.

Design & Development: Project City City.” Hotel Design, Feb/Mar 2006, 35.

Dickensheets, Scott 2006 Celebrity Skyline Las Vegas Life, December 28.

Fox, William L. “Center Stage.” Vurb Magazine (2007): 16-19.

Gendall, John. "The Silent Partner." Architect. July 2009. [Online]. Available: Accessed November 30, 2009.

Harris, Bill. "Building Nevada :Featuring Nevada's Building Industry Leaders." 1st ed. Newport Beach, CA: Landmark Books, 2007. UNLV Arch Bk Stks HD9715.25.U63 N34 2007.

Hess, Alan. "The Next Dimension." 2006 Architecture Las Vegas, 11-12.

Illia, Tony. "Gensler Architect Boss" Las Vegas Review Journal. 29 November 2009: 1E.

Illia, Tony. "Green Giant: $7.4 billion CityCenter Takes Shape." Southwest Contractor. September 2007. [Online]. Available: Accessed October 17, 2007.

Illia, Tony. May 2005. Pelli’s Hotel-Casino on Las Vegas Strip will be Centerpiece of Massive Development. Architectural Record, 66.

Illia, Tony. “New MGM Mirage Project Reflects Growing Urban Mixed-Use Trend.” Business Press, 15 November 2004, 11.

Illia, Tony. "The Strip: Inside City Center." Las Vegas Review Journal. 23 November 2008. [Online]. Available: Accessed December 8, 2008.

“Master Builder: Bill Smith.” Hospitality Design (2007): 104-105.

Mastrelli, Tara. ed. Stacy Shoemaker Rauen. "Las Vegas." HospitalityDesign, April 2006, 135-137.

Mastrelli, Tara. “Starck Luxury.” Hospitality Design (2007): 33-36.

“MGM Announces Plans for Large Strip Development.” Southwest Contractor, December 2004, 13.

"MGM Mirage Approves $7 Billion Project CityCenter." Building Design & Construction, March 2006, 13.

“MGM Mirage Project.” Forum, May 2005, 17.

"MGM Mirage Sets Project CityCenter Foundation." Southwest Contractor. Aug. 2006: 14.

Mihailovich, Steven. “The City of MGM Mirage.” Business Press, Vol. 21, Issue 44 (15 November 2004): 1 & 14.

"Nevada News - January 2008." Southwest Contractor. January 2008. [Online]. Available: Accessed January 15, 2008.

“Norm: Trainer strengthens Tiger Woods’ game.” 08 September 2006. [Online].
Available: Accessed September 8 2006.

“Perini Hits The Jackpot.” Southwest Contractor. July 2005.

Przybys, John. “Going Up: Making a Statement-No Longer Cartoony, Las Vegas Architecture Takes on Sophisticated Air.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. 6 March 2005. [Online]. Available: Accessed March 7, 2005.

Robinson, Jennifer. “The Citycenter of attention.” 27 June 2006. [Online]. Available:
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Robinson, Jennifer. “Its all about Project City Center: MGM Mirage reveals details today.” Las Vegas Review Journal. 15 September 2005. [Online]. Available: Accessed September 15, 2005.

Sheehan, Jack. "City Center." M Lifestyle, Vol. 4, no. 2, 60-61.

Simpson, Jeff. "Evolution of the Las vegas Strip." Urban Land. September 2007: 105-107.

Smith, Hubble. “Project CityCenter: Strip ‘Metropolis’ Planned.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. 10 November 2004. [Online]. Available: Accessed November 11, 2004.

Smith, Rod. "A touch of world-class: Mandarin Oriental tapped to manage CityCenter's anchor hotel." Las Vegas Review-Journal. 16 Sept 2005. [Online].

Smith, Rod. "MGM Mirage Execs Hail CityCenter, Look Ahead." Las Vegas Review-Journal. 10 May 2006. [Online]. Available:

"Southwest Contractor: 2006 Top Projects Nevada." Southwest Contractor. June 2007: 50.

Stutz, Howard. “Award-Winning Architect’s Firm Tapped to Design CityCenter Hotel-Casino.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. 12 April 2005. [Online]. Available: Accessed April 12, 2005.

Stutz, Howard. "CityCenter Budget hits $9 billion." Las Vegas Review-Journal. 15 March 2008. [Online]. Available: Accessed September 29, 2008.

Stutz, Howard. “Nevada at Work: She’ll leave the light on: green power advocate helps shape citycenter.” 9 October 2006. [Online]. Available: Accessed March 29, 2007.

Stutz, Howard. “The strip: slice of the high life: citycenter sales pavilion offers peek at posh condos.” Las Vegas Review Journal. 2 January 2007. [Online]. Available: Accessed April 2, 2007.

Freed, Jason Q. "Designing City Center: The city within a city on Las Vegas Blvd. is almost as massive as the work that went into it." Hotel Design. Jan/Feb 2010.

Stutz, Howard and Arnold M. Knightley. "If you Build It..." Las Vegas Review Journal. 29 November 2009: 1E.

Sykes, Simon. “Profile: Living Las Vegas.” Urban Lands, January 2005, 64-65.

Weatherford, Mike. “Las Vegas is city of ‘amazement’: all the world’s a stage ‘star chitect’ Rockwell considers actions of ordinary people in creating his designs.” Las Vegas Review-Journal. 8 October 2006. [Online]. Available: March 29, 2007.

Whitmore, Leif “MGM/Mirage crafts urban village living: citycenter las vegas takes mixed-use to higher level with skyline condos, hotels, art center on strip.” Review Journal January 28, 2007.

Witcher, T.R. "Center of Attention: Many Great Minds have come Together over CityCenter -- Will it Work" Las Vegas Life November 2007

Berzon, Alexandra "City inspectors told: Easy on the paper" Las Vegas Sun July 2009

Weatherford, Mike. “Vdara and MGM MIRAGE CityCenter.” Condo Hotel Center. 8 October 2006. [Online]. Available: July 24, 2008.

“MGM Mirage CityCenter Construction Update.” Condo Hotel Center. january 2008. [Online]. Available: July 24, 2008.

"My Own private City Center" Desert companion, march/april 2010,64
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