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NYC2ATX Dec 13, 2006 2:41 PM

:previous: I agree with alot of what you are saying. Yes Vegas needs, and can go higher, but there is a difference between 800' and 1,800'. and if you read, i stated that vegas needs to escape its old-time kitsch, i.e. big box resorts. This tower would not do as a tallest building in any city, resort or office or residential or whatever.

I'm sorry but but dislike this design. I love Vegas but it can do better than that. :(

mdiederi Dec 13, 2006 3:51 PM

Usually I don't care for rounded buildings very much, but this one has really grown on me as the renders kept getting better and better.

Las Vegas Tower breaks both the "big square box" and "kitsch" molds of the earlier mega-resorts in one bold design. It's not square-cornered or "Disneyesque", yet still supplies enough rooms and spectacle to make it work in this market.

LMich Dec 13, 2006 9:34 PM

Yeah, I usually hate these "sculpture" type buildings, but this one seems to be very classy. I was worried before I saw it in the context of the skyline that it would look too fat, as most of these rounded buildings do, but this one looks perfect. As for all of the other talk about Vegas needing to build a skyline to fit this first, and all of that, that's just ridiculous and a double-standard applied to newer cities whenever they decide to jump for something big.

sbros Dec 13, 2006 9:50 PM

New imagery...

Originally Posted by vegasrain84 (Post 2499296)
Its a stainless steel giant sex toy without windows, What do you want from me people! lol.. I distinguished between the floors, and from the drawings I had to work with, it looks as though there aren't any real distinct windows.. I could change it if it would make you happy.. jeesh.. :)

I own the advertising/creative agency working for the developer on the Las Vegas Tower project. The renderings Mr. Milam linked to in his log were largely produced by us.

I'm happy to provide an elevation rendering of the project to VegasRain to include in the height comparison graphics (replacing the current building image). Those are well-done, informative graphics and I just want to ensure that you have the most current LVT image.

I'll try to have something up this evening that you can use (tiff image with alpha?). Let me know if you need anything else.

Our main priority is to ensure that the project is presented as accurately as possible from a visual standpoint.


mdiederi Dec 14, 2006 4:43 AM

The more I hear about this project the more confidence I have.

For those of you worried about the FAA killing this project, I was just looking at the bios for the team at JDA negotiating with the FAA in Washington. Some of these guys know the FAA inside and out because they used to run it or the NTSB.

Joseph Del Balzo is the founder and President of JDA, Mr. Del Balzo previously served as FAA Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator during his FAA tenure. Other positions included serving as FAA Executive Director of Systems Operation and Executive Director of System Development, as well as directing the FAA Technical Center. Mr. Del Balzo is a Fellow of the America Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Air Traffic Control Association.

The Honorable John J. Goglia, former two-term Member of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, is JDA’s Senior Vice President for aviation operations and safety programs. Mr. Goglia is an internationally recognized expert in aviation maintenance and aircraft operations, and led numerous important investigations and safety initiatives out of his NTSB office. Prior to his Senate confirmation, Mr. Goglia was based with USAir for over thirty years and was the recipient of the prestigious 1994/Industry Aviation Mechanic of the Year Award.

Gregory A. Feith is a former National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Senior Air Safety Investigator with a wide range of aviation investigative and safety experience. He has investigated hundreds of general aviation and air transport aircraft accidents worldwide during his more than 20 years with the Safety Board. Greg has served as the Investigator-in-Charge or U.S. Accredited Representative of a number of high profile aircraft accidents.

William Handel is currently JDA's Vice President for Airport and Airspace. Bill retired from the FAA as Regional Administrator of the Eastern Region. During his tenure at the FAA, Bill held positions such as Eastern Region Deputy Regional Administrator and Airports Division Manager. As VP of Airports and Airspace, Bill primarily focuses on FAA policy issues related to Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) for runway safety areas. He also manages JDA's program for obstruction evaluation for planned structures near an airport.

Lou DeRose is currently the Senior Airport Specialist for JDA Aviation Technology Solutions, headquartered in Washington, DC. His work at JDA has focused primarily on application of the new technology Engineered Materials System (EMAS) to civil airports and assisting airport owners in dealing with the relationship of EMAS to FAA safety area standards and policies. Prior to his current work with JDA, he spent over 38 ½ years with the FAA, initially as an engineer involved in the siting, design and installation of air navigational systems but, most of his FAA career was devoted to airport safety, planning, design, environmental protection and grant administration programs. Prior to his retirement from FAA in January 1994, Lou was the Manager of Eastern Region Airports Division where he was responsible for FAA decision-making for the complex airport system.

mdiederi Dec 14, 2006 4:50 AM


Originally Posted by NYguy (Post 2505924)
Las Vegas is Las Vegas. It doesn't need anything else to put it on the map. Even a world's tallest would be lost in the background there.

That's probably true, Vegas is already on the map, and when I'm down on the south Strip, I usually don't even notice the Strat.

Zerton Dec 14, 2006 6:41 AM

Vegas is full of hype. but I have hope.

Calalb Dec 14, 2006 8:33 AM

I think its a great looking tower and you've got to admire its height! Las Vegas would seem to be an ideal place for such a project.

sbros Dec 14, 2006 4:08 PM

Elevation render for VegasRain

Elevation rendering as promised.

vanhenrik Dec 14, 2006 5:25 PM


Originally Posted by sbros (Post 2509646)

this skyscraper is so bjuteful ! the best in a long time i rely hope that they ar going to get it done !

viva las vegas here we come ! :yes: :haha:

NYguy Dec 14, 2006 10:22 PM

Reminds me of the Tower of Russia somehow.

Dalton Dec 14, 2006 10:37 PM

Looks better in the current rendering. This building would really "belong" in only two cities. As long as it doesn't rotate or feature the "World's Tallest Sun Dial", I guess I have no major issue with it being in Las Vegas. It's not as tasteless as it could have been.

LMich Dec 15, 2006 1:31 AM

That's one graceful tower. What are the facade materials? I'm having a hard time placing them.

Vtown420 Dec 15, 2006 3:15 AM

Quick cut and paste to see what it would look like from my house. Of course, it’s facing the wrong direction and you must envision all the new buildings around it (this pic is already way outdated), but you get the idea.

Impressive! I must say I’m starting to love this tower. At ~ 3,930 feet above sea level, this tower would be almost as high as Frenchman Mountain 4,052. Never in my life did I think I would see something this tall in Vegas. I really hope it gets built.

LMich Dec 15, 2006 5:11 AM

I've always wondered, does the Stratosphere hold any television or radio station transmitters on its mast, or is everything located on Black Mountain? Man, that's an odd site at night.

PuyoPiyo Dec 15, 2006 10:38 AM

Yeah, I would like to see what it will look like during the night..

NYguy Dec 15, 2006 1:48 PM


Originally Posted by Vtown420 (Post 2511043)

"Take us to your leader!"

Maybe a tower that size doesn't belong in Vegas afterall. But then again, it you're going to have a lone tower
of that size in any city, it would be there...

TexasStar Dec 15, 2006 6:08 PM

I love it! It tells the world that the U.S. is not about to fall out of the skyscraper race.
Game on, baby!

M II A II R II K Dec 15, 2006 6:56 PM

Not bad, but the skyline would be better if they threw in many more highrises for balance.

CHAPINM1 Dec 15, 2006 7:26 PM


Originally Posted by TexasStar (Post 2512231)
I love it! It tells the world that the U.S. is not about to fall out of the skyscraper race.
Game on, baby!

Couldn't agree more! :yes:

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