Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 01, 2010 -- The new City Centre that has just been completed in Las Vegas cost 8.5 billion US Dollars and is the largest green development in the World today.
The City Centre has 4 hotels consisting of 6 separate towers with a total of 6,000 hotel rooms.
This new complex has created 12,000 new permanent jobs and is hoped to regenerate interest in Las Vegas, which has recently seen a slump due to the global recession.
Within this amazing complex there are 42 restaurants and bars to cater for the thousands of visitors to the gaming capital of the World.
These new Hotels in Las Vegas have been built with the earth's resources in mind, cutting down on their carbon footprint by having their own power plants and sustainable energy systems.
This is an amazing joint venture between the MGM Mirage and the World Development Corporation, building on the 67 acre site of the previous Boardwalk Hotel, which was demolished in 2006.
Now mostly completed it houses the Veer Towers; an apartment block that has been built with a 5 degree lean to the side that makes it appear to be always falling sideways. The complex consists of the Vdara Hotel with 1,500 suites, Harmon hotel with 400 suites and the incredible Aria Hotel with 4,004 suites. Crystal's is a shopping experience unlike any other, with all the top designer names setting up shop. Also on display is 40 million dollars worth of modern sculptures for your delight.
Apparently an amazing 97% of the construction waste from the previous Boardwalk Hotel has been reused and recycled in the construction of this new City Center.
The City Center has been awarded 3 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certifications (LEED) from the U.S.A Green Building Council. This is in recognition of the large scale re-use of the materials during the course of construction.
Bobby Baldwin, the City Center's President and CEO commented that "From the beginning we believed that intelligent design and sustainable practices would reinforce a sense of permanence for City Center and create a healthier, more appealing environment for guests, residents and our workforce".
The City Centre structure is the first ever energy generation on the Las Vegas Strip. It has a 8.5 megawatt natural gas plant which produces electricity. By having its own gas plant it reduces emissions and uses the wasted heat to provide hot water for the use of all its visitors.
The 18-million-square-foot centre is one of the world's largest sustainable communities and one of a kind.
Las Vegas has always been known as a world leader in innovation and has once again proved this by having the World's first ever fleet of stretch limos powered by compressed natural gas. The sight of limos is not uncommon in Las Vegas but this is a first for the great city.
In addition, water saving devices have been installed which will save up to 43% of water within the buildings and up to 60% saving for the indoor plants and landscaping. All this will save around 50 million gallons of water each year.
To combat the high temperatures in the numerous casinos, slot machines are being manufactured that have refridgerant systems located within its base. These will provide cooling from the ground upwards rather than the convential way of cooling downwards.
The City Center also earned an award earlier this year for its use of sustainably harvested wood that has been certified by the forest council.
It's amazing to think that the city once thought of as being the most wasteful of the Earths resources now has the greenest City Center in the world.