MGM Resorts Wins Round on Harmon; Tutor Perini Appeals

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor MGM Resorts International’s woes with the Harmon hotel, part of the CityCenter project, have taken a step toward resolution. The Las Vegas Sun reports that Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez has approved the company’s plans to implode the problematic structure. However, demolition will not go ahead immediately as Tutor Perini Corp., the project’s [...]

MGM Resorts International’s woes with the Harmon hotel, part of the CityCenter project, have taken a step toward resolution. The Las Vegas Sun reports that Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez has approved the company’s plans to implode the problematic structure. However, demolition will not go ahead immediately as Tutor Perini Corp., the project’s general contractor, is appealing the ruling.

MGM and Perini are also battling over the Harmon’s construction defects. Originally planned to rise 49 stories above the Las Vegas Strip, the Harmon was reduced in height to 26 stories after a 2008 inspection that uncovered severe deficiencies in the structure’s steel reinforcement. The legal dispute over the defects is not expected to be resolved until next year, much later than the anticipated court ruling on tMGM’s demolition plans.

MGM wants to put the Harmon behind it as soon as possible in order to remove a blemish on CityCenter. The largest privately funded construction project in the U.S., the 76-acre development includes a Mandarin Oriental hotel, the Vdara hotel-condo tower, the Crystals retail and entertainment district, the Aria resort and the twin 37-story Veer Towers.

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