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November 18, 2010
Las Vegas -- One of the high-rise buildings within the $8.5 billion CityCenter is facing an uncertain future.
With the "extensive nonconforming (construction) work" that has left the Harmon unfit to open, the company is considering its options, MGM Resorts spokesman Alan Feldman said.
CityCenter opened in Dec. 2009.
MGM and project contractors are expected to hire consultants to evaluate the problems and possible solutions. Those findings will be presented to the court in Oct. 2011 before any decision is made as to who is at fault, who picks up the tab and what happens to the Harmon.
Already, speculation has brought up the idea of imploding the Harmon. Feldman said any talk of imploding the Harmon is premature until the court makes a ruling, expected sometime in 2012.
"We do know what we know today and that is it's not a five-star hotel and it's not open," he said.
Because of the faulty link beams that were meant to reinforce the steel, the building lacked strength to withstand a high wind or seismic event, UNLV construction management Professor Neil Opfer said.
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