Resorts World Las Vegas : The Genting Group, a Malaysian company, is planning a $2 billion mega resort to be built in the former site of the Stardust Hotel . The Asian themed resort will feature a replica of the Great Wall of China and will even have an enclosed public display featuring pandas! The plan is for a 3,500 room resort in the first phase, 500,000 sq ft of convention space, a 4,000 seat theater, and a water park and pool features. All this is expected to bring thousands of jobs to Southern Nevada when construction begins in 2014. Take a look:

 

The Smith Center

What is one of the foremost performing Arts Centers in the United States? The Smith Center!

This facility is home to the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet Theater. The 2,050 seat Reynolds Hall is the focal point with a state of the art acoustical design to rival the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
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Highlights of the Smith Center:

  • Designed by world renowned architect David M. Schwarz. The theaters have been meticulously designed by theater consultants Fisher Dachs Associates and acoustician firm Akustiks, to provide optimal sightlines and refined acoustics.
  • 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, complete with a full orchestra pit capable of seating up to 100 musicians
  • 300-seat Cabaret Theater that overlooks Symphony Park
  • The Boman Pavilion, which will house offices, classrooms, and additional multipurpose rooms suitable for workshops and presentations.
  • A 16 story bell tower with 46 handcrafted bronze bells capable of a four-octave carillon. Throughout the day they will ring in celebration of all that The Smith Center brings to our city.

Las Vegas has come a long way with the performing arts and this jewel located in the new Symphony Park will be talked about for years to come!

The Cleveland Clinic Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Located on Symphony Park, this building is designed by world-renowned architect, Frank Gehry of Gehry Partners in Santa Monica, California. I mention this first because the architecture of this structure is quite controversial and you cannot miss this building when driving by. The clinic is run by the world renowned Cleveland Clinic and named after a local business man whose father was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. The idea of the design was to entice, educate and celebrate life. The center is known for the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia and consists of over 65,000 square feet of space including 13 examination rooms, offices for health care practitioners, a “museum of the mind” and a community auditorium.

The 8th Wonder of the World: The Hoover Dam Overpass

On Tuesday October 10, 2010 The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, the western hemisphere’s longest single-span concrete arch bridge, officially opened. This structure is approximately 1,900 feet and what sets it apart from so many other bridges is the location; some 890 feet above the Colorado River sandwiched between the rocks and cliffs of the Black Canyon with views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Major obstacles abound the designers of this project. When construction on the bridge started in 2005, just to reach the job site, workers had hacked their way for almost two years through solid rock with dynamite and heavy machinery to build two short stretches of highway that would ultimately connect U.S. 93 to the bridge. Even that work was surgical. Rock couldn’t be allowed to fall because buildings housing overflow pipes for the dam were below. Instead, all of the rock was carried out by clamshell buckets. To support the arch temporarily, workers erected a huge steel tower on each side of the canyon. They anchored thick steel cables in the ground and looped them over the towers. These cables held up the partially constructed arch for almost three years.

As the arch’s first segments were formed, catastrophe struck in September of ’06 when 60 mph winds toppled the towers rigging to the ground! New rigging and equipment designed in Scotland was painstakingly engineered and installed. This project is quite an engineering marvel and you should make it a point to experience it when driving from Las Vegas to Phoenix!