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sw5710
Nov 22, 2008, 5:42 AM
I thought 63 floors came from the first renderings that we saw of the resort.

CHAPINM1
Nov 22, 2008, 6:00 AM
I thought 63 floors came from the first renderings that we saw of the resort.

Same with the three 725, 730, and 735 foot figures. I don't doubt you Mdiederi, but I am kinda skeptical since the floor count is different than we've heard...

sw5710
Nov 22, 2008, 6:16 AM
4 floor increase to 67 could they have built that into the original 63 floor 735 foot figure? More floors same in feet?

CHAPINM1
Nov 22, 2008, 6:21 AM
4 floor increase to 67 could they have built that into the original 63 floor 735 foot figure? More floors same in feet?

We'll have to see. Once everything is all said and done we'll know. Even though the odds are strongly against me, I still think it may be taller since it's accomidating more floors. I'd figure that at 69 floors they could have well reached for 70, another first for Vegas if you exclude the Stratosphere...

sw5710
Nov 22, 2008, 6:31 AM
I just looked at the open space diagram that is with the street level plan as seen on page 250 for fontainbleau. It has the roof at 707-721 and 735 feet agl. Is that what the planning department got from them.

sw5710
Nov 22, 2008, 6:33 AM
69 or 70 to the cores on top.

Tlwarnke
Nov 22, 2008, 2:41 PM
What is happening on Harmon by Planet Hollywood? It appears that half the street is blocked because of construction of some kind. Are they working on water and sewer for the PH towers or something else?

Terry

mdiederi
Nov 22, 2008, 4:24 PM
What is happening on Harmon by Planet Hollywood? It appears that half the street is blocked because of construction of some kind. Are they working on water and sewer for the PH towers or something else?

Terry
They're realigning the street at that intersection because CityCenter pushed Harmon north a little bit from its original location. It used to go straight across.

Tlwarnke
Nov 22, 2008, 8:22 PM
mdiederi thanks but I mean further back on the block next to where the second tower of PH should be going up sometime. They have a bunch of small cranes, etc moving around. Can't make out from the PH webcam what is going on.

Silas
Nov 22, 2008, 9:42 PM
Thanks for the updates guys!

About the PH construction. I don't know what's going on but I'm also curious. With the plans for all future construction on hold, I have to believe that PH must be trying to figure out how to handle the bit of land adjacent to Harmon that has been scheduled for the second PH tower.

Tlwarnke
Nov 22, 2008, 10:10 PM
Where did you hear that all future construction at PH is on hold?

Silas
Nov 22, 2008, 10:14 PM
TI,

I didn't hear that anywhere. But let's get real. There is no way that tower is going to get built anytime soon (meaning 5-10 years) IMO.

lfc4life
Nov 23, 2008, 12:25 AM
the original 735 feet figure came from the blueprints of fontainebleau that a poster over on skyscrapercity uploaded about a year back

http://i13.tinypic.com/301d0lf.jpg

bergman, wall and associates

sw5710
Nov 23, 2008, 5:44 AM
I would think that that open space diagram with the roof heights of 707-721 and 735 feet was sent to the planning department and approved. Could they have got an approval to increase due to the xtra floors?

CHAPINM1
Nov 23, 2008, 7:42 PM
I would think that that open space diagram with the roof heights of 707-721 and 735 feet was sent to the planning department and approved. Could they have got an approval to increase due to the xtra floors?

That's exactly where I'm coming from as well...

WonderlandPark
Nov 23, 2008, 9:15 PM
That diagram shows spurs coming out from the tower, those are obviously not there. Has there been a design revision we are not aware of?

sw5710
Nov 23, 2008, 9:49 PM
At this point anything could have been revised. "we will see".

sw5710
Nov 23, 2008, 10:07 PM
If you go to "klas tv" in las vegas click "traffic" then"web@traffic cams" the boulder station cam is located east of the strip and it is a perfict way to see the hight of the stratosphere-fontainbleau and wynn side by side from north to south when they go to a wide shot.

CHAPINM1
Nov 23, 2008, 10:24 PM
If you go to "klas tv" in las vegas click "traffic" then"web@traffic cams" the boulder station cam is located east of the strip and it is a perfict way to see the hight of the stratosphere-fontainbleau and wynn side by side from north to south when they go to a wide shot.

Thanks a million! Great to see it from another angle... Also, the Stratosphere webcam was been acting weird for the last 24 hours...

mac78130
Nov 23, 2008, 10:58 PM
"Website and Resort under construction" states the website www.cosmolv.com

Maybe we'll start to see some more details about the resort soon?

sw5710
Nov 23, 2008, 11:02 PM
The stratosphere cam does that sometimes. There are some other good cams looking at the strip on "klas tv". If you want live cams of vegas go to "kvbc tv" click on traffic then web cams. There is a map of vegas and you can look at 4 of them. The rio cam frequently looks at the north strip.

sw5710
Nov 23, 2008, 11:12 PM
Almost forgot the live fitzgeralds cam on top of downtowns tallest
building. This cam looks south past stratosphere - fontainebleau and trump

mac78130
Nov 23, 2008, 11:45 PM
lasvegas1lover from flickr has some photos of fontainebleau, you can see the rounder part of the crown


http://flickr.com/photos/alex-martinez/3053631971/

CHAPINM1
Nov 23, 2008, 11:58 PM
WOW! Looks like they've made some decient progress on the facade within the last week despite how slow it has been...

Once this project opens, it will be interesting to see how many floors this one will really have judging by the elevators...

sw5710
Nov 24, 2008, 12:10 AM
Does It look like part of the concrete of the crown is over the edge in that picture as per the diagram?

CHAPINM1
Nov 24, 2008, 12:16 AM
Does It look like part of the concrete of the crown is over the edge in that picture as per the diagram?

Yes, but just a VERY LITTLE portion of it and nowhere near what the blueprints showed. I personally think the blueprints are outdated...

TheOldMan
Nov 24, 2008, 1:35 AM
This building reminds me somewhat of a modern version of the Pan-AM building in New York....

I like how it's turning out. It has a nice presence on the skyline, especially coming into Vegas from the south....

sw5710
Nov 24, 2008, 2:12 AM
Yes, but just a VERY LITTLE portion of it and nowhere near what the blueprints showed. I personally think the blueprints are outdated...

Tottaly agree.

sw5710
Nov 24, 2008, 2:18 AM
Tottaly agree.

TOTALLY AGREE

jazfingr
Nov 24, 2008, 8:14 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3284/3054858677_3511be87af_o.jpg

OK, here are the three different Fontainebleau renderings and the curiously cropped night-shot from the brochure.

The roof plans are from the oldest rendering with two areas jutting out from the tower. The second rendering is devoid of any overhanging protrusions and still has balconies. And the final rendering has one (nicely designed) overhang. Again, according to Carlos, down at the county planning office, the latest submitted height for the tower is 730' (and the developer needs to report any changes to the plans).

Now according to the (nicely done) count by lfc4life (thanks), the crown/nightclub level will be the 68th floor. There will undoubtedly be two levels within the nightclub so one could say 68/69 floors is the final count. The tower will not have a 13th floor so that makes 70. If they dump the 40's like Wynn and Rio, the nightclub would be on the 80th floor. "Club 80" anyone.:D

lfc4life
Nov 24, 2008, 7:18 PM
The stratosphere cam does that sometimes. There are some other good cams looking at the strip on "klas tv". If you want live cams of vegas go to "kvbc tv" click on traffic then web cams. There is a map of vegas and you can look at 4 of them. The rio cam frequently looks at the north strip.

photo from the boulder camera, font looks 100 feet taller than encore on that

http://i34.tinypic.com/jgha3k.jpg

sw5710
Nov 24, 2008, 8:26 PM
Can anyone tell what plan of the 3 renderings they are building on top now? I think the 8/7 730 foot one. As the weeks go along we shall see. the boulder cam shot is a great perspective!

sw5710
Nov 24, 2008, 8:36 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3284/3054858677_3511be87af_o.jpg

OK, here are the three different Fontainebleau renderings and the curiously cropped night-shot from the brochure.

The roof plans are from the oldest rendering with two areas jutting out from the tower. The second rendering is devoid of any overhanging protrusions and still has balconies. And the final rendering has one (nicely designed) overhang. Again, according to Carlos, down at the county planning office, the latest submitted height for the tower is 730' (and the developer needs to report any changes to the plans).

Now according to the (nicely done) count by lfc4life (thanks), the crown/nightclub level will be the 68th floor. There will undoubtedly be two levels within the nightclub so one could say 68/69 floors is the final count. The tower will not have a 13th floor so that makes 70. If they dump the 40's like Wynn and Rio, the nightclub would be on the 80th floor. "Club 80" anyone.:D

The mandalay bay goes from dumps the 40's and 50's 38-39-60-61 "CLUB 90?"

sw5710
Nov 24, 2008, 9:14 PM
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff295/Dalusion/P1050276.jpg

I -215 Taken last week when I was in vegas more to come!

sw5710
Nov 24, 2008, 9:26 PM
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff295/Dalusion/P1050237.jpg


THE HOOVER LAST WEEK FROM THE BOAT.

sw5710
Nov 24, 2008, 9:54 PM
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff295/Dalusion/P1050283.jpg

Another one!!!!:banana:

ondarox
Nov 25, 2008, 12:46 AM
According to the countdown clock placed on The Mirage's home page, the new volcano is set to erupt Monday December 8th at 5pm PST.

http://www.mirage.com

philip
Nov 25, 2008, 2:53 AM
The ENCORE AT WYNN LAS VEGAS website is now FULLY operational:

http://www.encorelasvegas.com/#/homepage/

ondarox
Nov 25, 2008, 3:30 AM
Waaaaait...

So when does it actually open to the public? I thought I heard somewhere that the 21st is the Grand Opening. I actually extended my stay in order to be able to visit Encore on Sunday the 21st.

Website says the 22nd...

Does anyone have details? Thanks in advance!

sw5710
Nov 25, 2008, 3:41 AM
Waaaaait...

So when does it actually open to the public? I thought I heard somewhere that the 21st is the Grand Opening. I actually extended my stay in order to be able to visit Encore on Sunday the 21st.

Website says the 22nd...

Does anyone have details? Thanks in advance!

I just called wynn and they told me 12am 12/22/08 monday morning.

sw5710
Nov 25, 2008, 3:56 AM
Yes monday 12:00 am 12/22/08 Encore will open to the public. On sunday 12/21/08 just invites will go inside.

CHAPINM1
Nov 25, 2008, 6:06 AM
Hey, GREAT photos sw5710!!!

mac78130
Nov 25, 2008, 6:25 AM
Nice photo of CityCenter and Cosmopolitan by Cammyjams
Flickr

http://flickr.com/photos/36113180@N00/3057188207/sizes/l/

Original pic shows alot of detail

sw5710
Nov 25, 2008, 6:28 AM
Hey, GREAT photos sw5710!!!

"THANKS" I will be in vegas on vacation 12/3/08 till 12/5/08 and plan on getting close-up shots from many directions and altitudes then posting them the following weekend.

burpp
Nov 25, 2008, 1:45 PM
http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff295/Dalusion/P1050237.jpg


THE HOOVER LAST WEEK FROM THE BOAT.

This is a great view of Hoover Dam!!! Is this the closest you can get to Hoover Dam on a boat?

leftopolis
Nov 26, 2008, 12:56 AM
That dam picture is fantastic--it looks like they are on the verge of begining the arch portion. Looking forward to seeing a shot from that same vantage point, once it's complete. Oh, and I also recommend the CC night-time construction pic, a few posts up(via flicker). The construction slowdown notwithsrtanding, even without new projects coming on line, there will still be great construction in progress for the next couple of years in LV. Maybe by then, World Jewelry Center will have a go.

Plokoon11
Nov 26, 2008, 1:11 AM
^ Whats going on with the dam?

sw5710
Nov 26, 2008, 1:31 AM
^ Whats going on with the dam?

That is the bypass road to take traffic off the dam for security reasons. It will be a few years till it is open. The road is about 900 feet over the river.

sw5710
Nov 26, 2008, 1:36 AM
Allure and world jewelry center are both 795' and 815' tall. Does anyone have a start date for them?

Plokoon11
Nov 26, 2008, 2:27 AM
Oh thanks. They both looked like step down transformers.

lfc4life
Nov 26, 2008, 3:46 AM
Allure and world jewelry center are both 795' and 815' tall. Does anyone have a start date for them?

allure is due to start construction in December 2009, WJC is anyones guess

sw5710
Nov 26, 2008, 3:55 AM
allure is due to start construction in December 2009, WJC is anyones guess

"THANKS"

sw5710
Nov 26, 2008, 6:45 AM
Nice photo of CityCenter and Cosmopolitan by Cammyjams
Flickr

http://flickr.com/photos/36113180@N00/3057188207/sizes/l/

Original pic shows alot of detail

Taken Last Week...

http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff295/Dalusion/P1050306.jpg


http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff295/Dalusion/P1050307.jpg:yes:

CHAPINM1
Nov 26, 2008, 9:04 PM
Judging by the webcam it looks like a really crappy day in Vegas!!! Worst of all, I can't see the Font... :tantrum:

CHAPINM1
Nov 26, 2008, 10:25 PM
http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/trolltoast/HPIM1984-3.jpg

mac78130
Nov 27, 2008, 12:01 AM
First death at Hoover Dam Bridge

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/nov/25/worker-dies-hoover-dam-bypass-bridge-project/

Krases
Nov 28, 2008, 4:30 AM
HOLY CRAP THERE IS FOG OUTSIDE.

This is amazing! Fog only happens here in Vegas maybe one time a year. I just took pics from my street (near the Suncoast). Pictures are hazy, but its a nightshot.

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/1949/picture008jc2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/2227/picture009kg3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

JDRCRASH
Nov 28, 2008, 4:39 AM
Citycenter is possibly one of my most favorite developments going up in Las Vegas thus far, in part because it has a little variety to it.

Off-Topic:Man, you guys we're pummeled with rain the other day!

vwwolfe
Nov 28, 2008, 4:39 AM
That dam picture is fantastic--it looks like they are on the verge of begining the arch portion.

They've begun work on the arch. If you look just above the dam on the left and right side in the picture you can see the arch taking shape.

JDRCRASH
Nov 28, 2008, 4:50 AM
My hope is that this drought will soon end, because Lake Mead is apparantly now at 47% capacity and may be inoperable in 2010. That could mean serious water problems for L.A. and Las Vegas, and could potentially affect the development here, which is already fragile as it is, due to the state of the economy.

Krases
Nov 28, 2008, 4:56 AM
Scary thought JDRCRASH. Already the Echelon and Plaza are on hold. A massive water problem in 2010 is not what Vegas needs.

Maybe the president elect can tack that on his list of infrastructure improvements. "Massive coastal desalination plants in the California coast with a giant water pipeline to Vegas". Sounds crazy...but that's the only solution that comes to mind.

mac78130
Nov 28, 2008, 5:02 AM
Looks like Cosmo is nearing topping out.
Flickr photo by Lawrence's Lenses

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lawrence_chernin/3065242230/

JDRCRASH
Nov 28, 2008, 5:06 AM
Actually, that isn't all that crazy, Krases. It would probably run into the tens of billions, but not all that farfetched. Heck, earlier this year, I remember hearing on how some people want to pipe water all the way from the Great Lakes; though I don't see how thats possible, considering how many lawsuits from lake adjacent states would follow.

According to Wikipedia, the world's largest desalination plant produces around 300 million cubic meters of water per year, or about 2500 gallons (1 Gallon US = 3.785 litres) of water per second. LOL, and where is it you may ask? I'll give you a hint: It's located in a city that is obsessed in building the longest, tallest, biggest, and largest stuff in the world.:rolleyes:

Krases
Nov 28, 2008, 5:40 AM
Dubai!

Somethings needs to be done though. Sure Lake Mead will still pump water until 2015 by some predictions and the pumping of underground water will hopefully quench Vegas for a few years after that, but none of those options are feasible for the future. There just ways of holding off the inevitable.

I can see water being brought in by train happening in ten years. To me desalination is expensive but totally worth it.

mac78130
Nov 28, 2008, 7:35 AM
I thought the crown of Fontianebleau would have more of an overhang but from the look of a recent pick also by Lawrence's Lenses from flickr, it seems less grand

http://flickr.com/photos/lawrence_chernin/3064412041/

sw5710
Nov 28, 2008, 7:55 AM
I thought the crown of Fontianebleau would have more of an overhang but from the look of a recent pick also by Lawrence's Lenses from flickr, it seems less grand

http://flickr.com/photos/lawrence_chernin/3064412041/

I think the concrete overhang we see will be the 1st of 2 floors at the crown level to be built.

sw5710
Nov 28, 2008, 8:07 AM
My hope is that this drought will soon end, because Lake Mead is apparantly now at 47% capacity and may be inoperable in 2010. That could mean serious water problems for L.A. and Las Vegas, and could potentially affect the development here, which is already fragile as it is, due to the state of the economy.

When I took the hoover dam picture it was from the tour boat that departs the marina. The captain told me the lake was up several feet in the last year. but still 107 feet down!

lfc4life
Nov 28, 2008, 1:27 PM
When I took the hoover dam picture it was from the tour boat that departs the marina. The captain told me the lake was up several feet in the last year. but still 107 feet down!

water levels, not sure who told him levels were up http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/mead-elv.html

as far as development goes hotels won't view lowering mead levels as a great problem as they use very little overall water anyway in the grand scheme of things, residential development in the valley is a different story

sw5710
Nov 28, 2008, 7:27 PM
water levels, not sure who told him levels were up http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g4000/hourly/mead-elv.html

as far as development goes hotels won't view lowering mead levels as a great problem as they use very little overall water anyway in the grand scheme of things, residential development in the valley is a different story

I wonder if he was referring to the september/08 1105.76 to the october/08 1107.94 ELEVATION?

CHAPINM1
Nov 28, 2008, 8:54 PM
Looks like Fountainebleau's facade is up to the 48th floor by the latest picture...

mac78130
Nov 29, 2008, 4:10 AM
Veer west tower working on 37th floor, Veer east on the 34th floor and work begins on the facade of The Crystals. Photo from flickr by codylusnia

http://flickr.com/photos/codylusnia/3067433700/

Wonder when work will resume on the Harmon hotel?

CHAPINM1
Nov 29, 2008, 6:23 AM
The only one good thing out of the shitty economic conditions is that construction costs have come down considerably! People always mention that projects are going to cost more and always mention rising construction costs when they occur, but you never really hear when costs come down. Now would be the time for Echelon to resume constuction because even at this rate, it would still be years before the 1st phase (the tallest main two towers) would open.

sw5710
Nov 29, 2008, 7:07 AM
The only one good thing out of the shitty economic conditions is that construction costs have come down considerably! People always mention that projects are going to cost more and always mention rising construction costs when they occur, but you never really hear when costs come down. Now would be the time for Echelon to resume constuction because even at this rate, it would still be years before the 1st phase (the tallest main two towers) would open.

Do you think Echelon will only open 1or2 phases? Not the full plan?

mac78130
Nov 29, 2008, 8:24 AM
"Small" pictures of Aria's convention space and two of the rooms I haven't seen before

http://www.alhi.com/Aria/

RandalR
Nov 29, 2008, 5:25 PM
Yesterday morning. Quite an engineering project...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f245/RandalR/Las%20Vegas/HooverDamBypass.jpg

DMaldon762
Nov 29, 2008, 7:29 PM
http://www.vegasrex.com/2008/11/29/city-center-construction-update-2/

Krases
Nov 30, 2008, 2:22 AM
Do you think Echelon will only open 1or2 phases? Not the full plan?

By what I have heard they will open it all up eventually. But for now they will focus on one portion at a time and gradually open it up instead of just opening it all at one time. I heard that on the local news a month ago so it might be outdated information.

http://www.vegasrex.com/2008/11/29/city-center-construction-update-2/

Cool! I haven't been down there in a long time and only see the city center from a distance. Its nice to see that it will be finished soon. The cosmopolitan also seems to be coming along nicely.

Hopefully when terminal 3 at the airport and the hoover dam crossing are finished they will both bring in a mass of more tourists to boost our economy.

LMich
Nov 30, 2008, 2:48 AM
Yesterday morning. Quite an engineering project...

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f245/RandalR/Las%20Vegas/HooverDamBypass.jpg

I've been waiting to see photos of the project. Is there a project page, and exactly where did you take the picture from?

heyyoucharlie
Nov 30, 2008, 3:07 AM
I've been waiting to see photos of the project. Is there a project page, and exactly where did you take the picture from?

That pic looks like it was taken from the middle of the dam itself.

I had posted some dam pics on page 240 that are now a couple months old.

CHAPINM1
Nov 30, 2008, 3:19 AM
I sincerely apologize to everyone on this thread for this off-topic post in advance, but since were on the discussion of economy, has the construction of Ivanpah International Airport started yet?

heyyoucharlie
Nov 30, 2008, 3:54 AM
^^^ Last I heard, they are still in the "research" phase...

Have to watch out for those desert turtles... ;)

Krases
Nov 30, 2008, 4:23 AM
I sincerely apologize to everyone on this thread for this off-topic post in advance, but since were on the discussion of economy, has the construction of Ivanpah International Airport started yet?

DUDE!

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! My mind is already going crazy with ideas for what the new airport could be like. Not to mention what could be done if McCarran were to actually be removed. Forget all those FAA permits blocking the construction of super-talls in Vegas! (although the "Crown" tower can go back to phallus land)

I also love the fact that Ivanpah might get connected to Vegas through high speed rail. That is an absolute must.

If McCarran gets replaced totally (I know Ivanpah is just to relieve it, but I would like to see it replaced) then I would like to see something awesome in its place.

laguna
Nov 30, 2008, 5:22 AM
Ivanpah is years away, if ever. It has never been seriously suggested to totally close McCarran. It would be asinine to waste the billions of tax dollars that have been spent by not continuing to use it. There is no compelling reason to close it. It is close to the Strip and gives the casinoes added time to drain the gamblers wallets. That extra commute time, even on a high speed train would not be good for corporate revenue. There are ecological costs to the Ivanpah airport which McCarran doesnt have. Vegas like San Diego and a host of other cities have close in airports which tourists and most residents love, they just have shorter buildings. An excellent trade off to most people.

CHAPINM1
Nov 30, 2008, 5:28 AM
DUDE!

Thanks for bringing this to my attention! My mind is already going crazy with ideas for what the new airport could be like. Not to mention what could be done if McCarran were to actually be removed. Forget all those FAA permits blocking the construction of super-talls in Vegas! (although the "Crown" tower can go back to phallus land)

I also love the fact that Ivanpah might get connected to Vegas through high speed rail. That is an absolute must.

If McCarran gets replaced totally (I know Ivanpah is just to relieve it, but I would like to see it replaced) then I would like to see something awesome in its place.

They'd keep McCarren... However, Las Vegas will be added to the list of cities with 2 or more airports along with NYC, Chicago, Houston, Miami, and LA.

CHAPINM1
Nov 30, 2008, 5:33 AM
Ivanpah is years away, if ever. It has never been seriously suggested to totally close McCarran. It would be asinine to waste the billions of tax dollars that have been spent by not continuing to use it. There is no compelling reason to close it. It is close to the Strip and gives the casinoes added time to drain the gamblers wallets. That extra commute time, even on a high speed train would not be good for corporate revenue. There are ecological costs to the Ivanpah airport which McCarran doesnt have. Vegas like San Diego and a host of other cities have close in airports which tourists and most residents love, they just have shorter buildings. An excellent trade off to most people.

With the highrise development in Las Vegas moving northward, the zoning gradually becomes more lax. For example, take the difference in height of the area zoned for Project City Center and the area zoned for the Stratosphere or where Crown Las Vegas was supposed to be.

Krases
Nov 30, 2008, 5:43 AM
McCarran is going to reach its absolute capacity in a few years. They (the city) would have to start buying land if they wanted to expand it further. So unless Las Vegas starts to shrink, which isn't happening anytime soon, Ivanpah is inevitable. If not Ivanpah then some other location unless the North Las Vegas airport is willing to see dramatic expansion. So unless you have a viable alternative, I think Ivanpah is going to go ahead as soon as the ecological survey is done.

heyyoucharlie
Nov 30, 2008, 6:35 AM
They have already started the E Gates at McCarren. It will be almost double the size of the D Gates, and have it's own access from Russell Rd...

McCarren is not going anywhere anytime soon...;)

leftopolis
Nov 30, 2008, 10:13 AM
^
"McCarren is not going anywhere anytime soon..."

...nor should it.
1) it's convenient
2) it'a part of the excitement for any gambling tourist--to fly in to LV, with The Strip right outside your window!
3) building hight? pfttt. You ever wonder why San Jose--the 9th or 10th largest city in the US--has a bunch of just under 300' "skyscrapers"? LV's downtown is even farther from the airport than The Strip(which has 700'+, now), so someday downtown will be able to go even higher.

The airport itself is one of the most pleasant, user friendly of the airports I've been to. My only complaint...the only way to get there is by Taxi or Casino Van or car. I can't remember if the buses go there, but unless buses come by every 5 or 10 minutes--they're lame. My suggestion is to extend the existing monorail right into the airport--ASAP!

Incidently, mdiederi, (who posts here regularly), has a thread over at skyscrapercity, with lots of info on the proposed Ivanpah Airport. (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=464416)

mac78130
Nov 30, 2008, 10:41 AM
Revisited the citycenter site, checked out Vdara and they added a few videos showcasing the lobby and spa.. It doesn't really get me excited :(

http://www.citycenter.com/residences/residences_vdara_amenities.aspx

lfc4life
Nov 30, 2008, 11:23 AM
I can't remember if the buses go there, but unless buses come by every 5 or 10 minutes--they're lame. My suggestion is to extend the existing monorail right into the airport--ASAP!


the 108 serves the airport and stops right outside terminal 1, it goes up paradise and past the hilton and stops at the back of sahara hotel and then on to downtown, its not really convenient for most resorts unless you change

sw5710
Nov 30, 2008, 11:46 AM
the 108 serves the airport and stops right outside terminal 1, it goes up paradise and past the hilton and stops at the back of sahara hotel and then on to downtown, its not really convenient for most resorts unless you change

I heard the monorail has got approval to go to the airport and then downtown.

sw5710
Nov 30, 2008, 11:54 AM
With the highrise development in Las Vegas moving northward, the zoning gradually becomes more lax. For example, take the difference in height of the area zoned for Project City Center and the area zoned for the Stratosphere or where Crown Las Vegas was supposed to be.

If you look at an FAA chart for vegas the tallest buildings are (2720) feet MSL from mandalay to wynn.

Krases
Nov 30, 2008, 6:04 PM
Huh. I just read that the desert tortoises like to sit there and watch planes fly by because they think airplanes are fire breathing eagles of steel, death and plague. So they may need to relocate the tortoises.

I vote for employing tortoises as bellhops. Slow, slow bellhops.

The people over at skyscrapercity also seem to like the idea of getting rid of McCarran and building something on the real estate. I think that is going to eventually happen, but it might be 30 years.

mdiederi
Nov 30, 2008, 10:46 PM
Revisited the citycenter site, checked out Vdara and they added a few videos showcasing the lobby and spa.. It doesn't really get me excited :(

http://www.citycenter.com/residences/residences_vdara_amenities.aspx

Looks like a Frank Stella painting above the front desk.

mac78130
Dec 1, 2008, 2:04 AM
Ginther from flickr has some photos of Fontainebleau.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/70116615@N00/

Aaron Auxier
Dec 1, 2008, 2:18 AM
I've been getting a lot of calls from clients lately asking for updates on The Harmon and the rebar problem.

Today (Nov. 30, 2008) I called and talked to one of my contacts at MGM Mirage and they told me the basics below.

First of all, there has been no official announcement from construction company on the setback or repair work yet.

The problem was supposed to delay the project's completion by 45 days but seems like longer.

An inspector had noticed that the construction was not matching up with the architectural and engineering drawings and demanded it fixed. Could be an issue on every floor but I couldn't confirm.

The project MAY have gone up to 24th floor last week but couldn't confirm.

Does anyone else have any news?

mac78130
Dec 1, 2008, 4:26 AM
I've been getting a lot of calls from clients lately asking for updates on The Harmon and the rebar problem.

Today (Nov. 30, 2008) I called and talked to one of my contacts at MGM Mirage and they told me the basics below.

First of all, there has been no official announcement from construction company on the setback or repair work yet.

The problem was supposed to delay the project's completion by 45 days but seems like longer.

An inspector had noticed that the construction was not matching up with the architectural and engineering drawings and demanded it fixed. Could be an issue on every floor but I couldn't confirm.

The project MAY have gone up to 24th floor last week but couldn't confirm.

Does anyone else have any news?

I've been wondering what's been going on with the Harmon but haven't heard anything

CHAPINM1
Dec 1, 2008, 4:54 AM
I've been wondering what's been going on with the Harmon but haven't heard anything

I second that, I'd figure an issue as serious as this would mean total demolition of the building since it's part of its structure, then again I'm probably way off.

mac78130
Dec 1, 2008, 5:01 AM
I second that, I'd figure an issue as serious as this would mean total demolition of the building since it's part of its structure, then again I'm probably way off.

An article from Las Vegas Sun newspaper says that the building is structurally sound and at the time, in September, the Harmon would be behind two weeks. Maybe things turned out worst than they thought?

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/sep/17/citycenter-hotel-project-slowed-by-corrective-work/

CHAPINM1
Dec 1, 2008, 5:11 AM
An article from Las Vegas Sun newspaper says that the building is structurally sound and at the time, in September, the Harmon would be behind two weeks. Maybe things turned out worst than they thought?

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/sep/17/citycenter-hotel-project-slowed-by-corrective-work/

Seems kind of strange, when I vision correcting re-enforcing steel rebar, I imagine having to chip away at the concrete that supports the building in order to access the rebar. Anyway, that's just what I think of.