In a letter sent to Clark County Building Department, CityCenter Senior Vice President William Ham said the tower, located across from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and next to Crystals retail mall, would be imploded, and added that building and structural experts have recommended demolishing the building as the “fastest and safest” solution.
Construction issues arose in 2008 when engineers found multiple flaws through levels of the Harmon Tower. A year later, MGM took the decision to get rid of the condos planned for the top levels and cut the size of the building nearly in half. The structural problems and design changes launched a legal dispute between Perini Building Co., CityCenter’s general contractor, and MGM International, which refused to pay $200 million in billings to Perini and other contractors due the construction failures. The Nevada Supreme Court prohibits any alterations or destruction of the building until resolution of the lawsuit between CityCenter and Perini is reached.
Perini maintains the company is willing to fix construction flaws and finish the building as planned, however, MGM experts said that repairing the flaws and reviewing the works would take 18 months, which could add several years to finish the building.
MGM Resorts said that according to a plan submitted by a company hired by CityCenter to demolish the Harmon, preparing and imploding the tower and its podium would take approximately six months, plus another four months to remove all debris from the site. LVI Environmental Services of Nevada, which has imploded several Las Vegas casinos, including the Sands, Stardust, Desert Inn, Aladdin and El Rancho, will be in charge of the demolition works at the Harmon Tower. MGM assured implosion would be 100% safe.