ARIA Resort Becomes World's Largest LEED Gold Building
By Kelly Hushin
The mammoth CityCenter project in Las Vegas has received certification for its ARIA and Vdara properties, making Aria Resort the world’s largest LEED® Gold Certified building.
The Aria Resort hotel tower, convention center and theater, along with the Vdara Hotel, all set to open in December, are the first of CityCenter’s developments to be LEED certified. The development also expects that its remaining projects, which include the first Vegas-located Mandarin Oriental, Crystals (a 500,000-square-foot retail/entertainment district), Veer Towers (the community’s residential buildings) and the Harmon (a 400-room luxury boutique hotel), will all achieve Gold or Silver LEED certification.
Aria, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, is a 4,004-room resort destination at the core of the 18-million-square-foot CityCenter. Vdara, designed by RV Architecture, LLC, is an internationally-inspired all-suite hotel and spa for visitors who prefer an off-the-Strip feel sans cigarette smoke and the songs of slot-machines.
Highlights of the developments LEED efforts are its energy-generation, water conservation, in-room options at hotels allowing guests to “green their stay,” and clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG)-run limos. The site’s 8.5 megawatt natural gas co-generation plant will provide energy on site to reduce emissions and use “waste heat” to provide domestic hot water. The energy-efficiency initiatives, such as slot machine bases that serve as floor air-conditioning distribution units, will provide savings equal to powering 8,800 households annually. With its water technology and programs, CityCenter will save between 30 percent and 43 percent of water within the building and 60 percent in outdoor landscaping.
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