The Las Vegas Harmon Tower was a luxury high-rise building located on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, United States. The tower was originally designed as a 49-story luxury condominium and hotel complex. Construction of the Harmon Tower began in 2007, but was halted in 2008 after the discovery of structural problems that made the building unsafe. The building was found to have significant design and construction defects, including a faulty concrete mix and incorrect steel reinforcement. These defects made the building unsafe and unable to be completed as originally designed… it was determined that the building would not survive an earthquake (a subsequent earthquake hit Las Vegas in 2019).
The Harmon Tower was first proposed in 2006 by developer Andrew Sasson and architect David Schwarz. The building was intended to have 495 luxury condominiums, a spa, a fitness center, and a rooftop pool. The tower was also to have a luxury hotel operated by the Harmon Hotel Group.
After the discovery of these problems, the Harmon Hotel Group and the building’s contractor, Tutor Perini Building Corp, filed lawsuits against each other, blaming each other for the defects. The lawsuits were settled in 2010, with Tutor Perini agreeing to pay $56 million to the Harmon Hotel Group.
The unfinished Harmon Tower remained vacant and unused since construction was halted in 2008. The building had become an eyesore on the Las Vegas Strip, and was been the subject of much controversy and debate.
In recent years, MGM Resorts International purchased the property and announced plans to demolish the building, as it was deemed structurally unsound and not feasible to complete. Demolition of the Harmon Tower began in 2018, and it is now completely removed from the Las Vegas skyline.
The Harmon Tower is a cautionary tale of the potential dangers of overambitious development and the importance of thorough design and construction. The building’s unfinished state serves as a reminder of the potential consequences of neglecting safety and quality control in construction projects.
Harmon Tower cost $275 million to construct and $173 million to deconstruct.
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