Rumors have been circulating for over a year that Norman Foster's troubled Harmon Tower (above, left), the incomplete gateway to Las Vegas's new CityCenter development, would be demolished before it was completed. Yesterday, the building's owner MGM Resorts International announced that it was applying for permission to implode the unfinished hotel just four years after construction began. The tower was to be one of the highlights of the 16,797,000-square-foot, $9B project—the largest privately funded construction project in history—but now looks to be relegated to the scrap heap after construction delays and structural failures meant the building now stands 20-stories shy of its intended height. Complicating things further: MGM is embroiled in a legal battle with the site's general contractor over $200M in billings it says went to faulty work that doomed the starchitect's addition to the Strip.
· MGM Targets Harmon Tower in Vegas for Demolition [WSJ]