Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 | 11:04 a.m.
Beyond the Sun
Two more facilities at CityCenter have achieved LEED Gold Certification, MGM Mirage announced today.
Mandarin Oriental and Veer Towers have both reached the high environmental standard, bringing the total of LEED Gold certified facilities to six. Others include Crystals retail district, Vdara, ARIA’s hotel tower and separately, its convention center and theater.
The gold rating is the second highest rating available from the council, given to buildings that score between 60 and 79 points on a 100-point scale that evaluates a building's site, the materials and resources used to build it and design innovation, among other things.
“From its inception to design, development and construction, we had one single goal in mind for CityCenter: Create a destination that is not only built in an environmentally sustainable manner, but also operates every day with an equal commitment to conserving natural resources,” CityCenter President and CEO Bobby Baldwin said.
Sustainability highlights at CityCenter will include radiant floor cooling, skylights, a fleet of stretch limos powered by natural gas and water conservation technology that is expected to save the complex approximately 50 million gallons per year.
Last week, The Forest Stewardship Council honored CityCenter as the best commercial project of 2009 in the fifth annual Designing & Building with FSC Awards.
MGM Mirage will begin to open its $8.5 billion complex starting Dec. 1 with the opening of Vdara, followed by the opening of Crystals Dec. 3, Mandarin Oriental on Dec. 4 and ARIA on Dec. 16. Residential occupancies are slated to being mid-January while the Harmon will open late 2010.
The 47-story hotel and condo tower is the first venture for Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas. It is the only resort in Las Vegas that has a five-star hotel, a five-star restaurant and a five-star spa.
The tower has 392 guest rooms and 227 residences, decorated in a contemporary design with oriental touches.
Amenities include a 27,000-square-foot spa and a pool complex with 20 cabanas. Mandarin Oriental also includes six restaurants and bars, including Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s first U.S. restaurant, Twist.