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Fosters' Vegas hotel set to be demolished

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MGM Resorts International has won backing from the courts to flatten Foster + Partners’ Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas

Foster + Partners’ unfinished hotel, which was planned as the centerpiece of MGM Resorts International’s 27-hectare CityCenter development, is set to be demolished over the next year, according to a report in the US magazine Architectural Record.

Following a court decision last month the hotel, which never opened its doors, will be dismantled floor-by-floor at a reported cost of $11.5million.

The 27-floor hotel, next to Studio Daniel Libeskind’s Crystals Retail District on the Strip, has been the centre of a long running dispute between owner MGM and general contractor Perini Building over the quality of construction at the hotel.

Originally planned to be 47-storeys tall the mixed-use tower, which broke ground in 2006, was reduced from 47 to 27 floors in January 2009, after structural defects were first discovered.

MGM, which claims Harmon has ‘substantial defective construction’ resulting in ‘hundreds of millions of dollars in estimated damages’, had to absorb a $279-million (£168 million) write-down on the building in the third quarter of 2010.


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