Project led by Michael Meschino while employed at a previous firm.
Las Vegas, USA
AAI Architects Inc.
MGM MIRAGE Design Group
17.0 million ft²
Structural Engineering Consultants for Block C of the CityCenter development
Located within the $9 billion, 17 million square foot CityCenter development on famous Las Vegas Boulevard, Crystals Automatic People Mover (APM) station serves as the main gateway to CityCenter via Las Vegas’ APM system.
Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, the APM station appears to float over the Crystals on one side, and over the park between the Crystals and the Aria Hotel and Casino on the other. Especially interesting and complicated were the structural challenges resulting from the interface between the station, its roof and Crystals’ large span arcade roof. LEED® Gold-certified, the project includes a variety of sustainable strategies such as use of recycled steel.
Challenge: A major challenge in the structural design of the station was its integration with the Crystals’ complex, long-span, multi-faceted quartz crystal form.
Solution: Detailed 3-D modeling of the Crystals structure and its interface with the APM guideway and support columns was critical to the successful design and construction of this APM station. Crystals structural columns and foundations were coordinated to avoid any conflict with the APM structure. The Crystals station structure was fully isolated from the APM guideway in order to prevent transmission of vehicle vibrations into the high-end retail complex.