CityCenter is a 16,797,000 sq ft (1,560,500 m2) mixed-use complex on 76 acres (31 ha), currently under construction by MGM Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The project straddles Harmon Avenue and is bordered by (listed clockwise):
Las Vegas Boulevard, a CVS pharmacy, the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Interstate 15, the Bellagio, and The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino which is currently under construction. The site was formerly occupied by the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino, the Bellagio employee parking lot, and several standalone commercial structures. The project will be connected to the Bellagio and the Monte Carlo by a people mover system.
# Designed by the world-renowned firm Pelli Clarke Pelli
# 4,004 guest rooms, including 568 suites
# 150,000 square feet of gaming
# 300,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space
# Three primary pools with 50 cabanas, one European-style pool
# 16 restaurants and 10 bars and lounges, including a nightclub
# 80,000-square-foot, two-level spa and salon with 62 individual spa treatment rooms; 55 salon stations
# Full-service salon, barbershop, deluxe fitness room, group exercise studio, meditation and relaxation rooms, separate men's and women's spa with eucalyptus steam rooms and red wood saunas
# 1,800-seat theater that includes the celebration of the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley from Cirque du Soleil
CityCenter, an extraordinary urban resort destination brought to life by eight world-renowned architects, will be defined by magnificent design, renowned for premier experiences and unrivaled as the address to live and live it up. Created with a vision to bring a new level of environmental consciousness to the world-famous Strip, CityCenter will be one of the world’s largest sustainable developments when it opens late 2009. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. It is currently the largest privately financed development in U.S. history.
The most expensive privately funded construction project in U.S. History.
The first phase of MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter, a gargantuan, $11+-billion, 68-acre project, is under construction on the Las Vegas Strip between Bellagio and Monte Carlo. Phase two will eventually occupy the space behind and between Monte Carlo and New York New York. The Boardwalk Hotel was demolished along with a few local businesses to make room for this immense project. Harmon Road will meander through CityCenter and cross I-15 via an already completed bridge.
CityCenter will be an ultra modern, urban environment with nicely hidden parking structures. The project will be a mini-city with its own fire station, an on-site power plant, and lots of pedestrian space. CityCenter is aiming to achieve LEED certification for the project as outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council. Las Vegas is one of the leading cities for incorporating green technology.
With its focus on art, The complex will be host to some of the worlds most renowned sculpture artists, including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Claes Oldenburg, Coosje Van Bruggen, Nancy Rubins, Frank Stella, Henry Moore, and Richard Long.
The current inventory (with the respective architect) consists of:
- 4,004-room 61-story ARIA Resort & Casino (Cesar Pelli)
- 165,000-square-foot casino (Pelli)
- 400-room + 227 condos - Mandarin Oriental Hotel/Residences (Pedersen / Tihany)
- 400-room + 207 condos - The Harmon Hotel/Residences (Foster and Partners)
- 1543-unit Vdara Condo/Hotel tower (Rafael Viñoly)
- Twin, 337-unit luxury condo towers Veer (Helmut Jahn)
- 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment space The Crystals Mall (Daniel Libeskind)
- $40 million worth of modern sculptures and installations by world famous artists
- 225,000 square feet of convention and meeting space
- 900,000 square feet for back-of-house operations
- 2,000-seat theater
- 70,000-square-foot spa
- 7,500-car parking garage
- Fire station
- People movers (trams)
- On-site power plant
CityCenter will have a 1/4-mile Las Vegas Strip frontage. The project's center will the 61-story ARIA Resort & Casino with 4,000-rooms, designed by world renowned architect Cesar Pelli. There will be plenty of glitz in the form of light shows projected against building facades. Reports from MGM MIRAGE state that a new Cirque du Soleil show, called Elvis, will premiere at the CityCenter Resort on opening day.
8,000 construction workers and 39 cranes will be on site at the peak of construction.
The project will create 12,000 new permanent positions when it opens.
CityCenter is expected to open phase-one in November of 2009 and is currently the single most expensive privately funded project in the western hemisphere. There are yet, no details on phase-two.
Unlike other themed resorts along the strip, the CityCenter is set to include multiple high-rise buildings with contemporary urban design. The project will also include $40 million (US) worth of modern sculptures and installations by world famous artists.
The conceptual master plan was designed by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut and Kuhn Architects, laying out the project with approximately 2,650 condominium andcondo-hotel units and approximately 4,800 hotel rooms, distributed within several high-rise and mid-rise towers around The Crystals, a retail and entertainment district. It is designed to have all commodities for daily life, featuring a 4,000-room hotel and casino, two 400-room boutique hotels (The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, with 227 residential condo units, and the Harmon Hotel and Spa), a purely residential offering (Veer Towers), a condo-hotel (Vdara Condo-hotel) and a 500,000 sq ft (46,000 m2) retail and entertainment district which will house the first grocery store on the Strip. The multi-use project is being designed with green technologies to make it one of the world's largest environmentally sustainable urban communities. Plans include the use ofreclaimed water, and an on-site power plant. MGM Mirage will pursue LEED certification for the project as outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council. Siemens is to design and build $100 million 9-megawatt central energy plant to help power and cool CityCenter.
With a total cost of approximately $11 billion, CityCenter is the largest privately financed development in the United States. The original cost estimate was $4 billion, but it was pushed up by rising construction costs and design changes. CityCenter is expected to open with approximately 12,000 employees and is planned to open in phases beginning in August 2009.