Forensic and consulting engineering firm, Weidlinger Associates, claims that the Harmon could be at risk of collapse during an earthquake. Oskar Garcia, reporting for the Associated Press at Forbes.com, states that the engineering firm was brought in by MGM Resorts International in response to questions from Clark County building officials. The engineers claim that at least a year of investigations and testing are necessary in order to develop a remediation plan.
The unfinished Harmon hotel tower at CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip would likely collapse in a strong earthquake, a structural engineer told casino operator MGM Resorts International on Monday…
“In a code-level earthquake, using either the permitted or current code specified loads, it is likely that critical structural members in the tower will fail and become incapable of supporting gravity loads, leading to a partial or complete collapse of the tower,” said Chukwuma G. Ekwueme, an associated principal of Weidlinger.
Previously, Clark County’s development services building department director, Ronald Lynn, expressed concerns to MGM regarding “risks to safety on the Las Vegas Strip and in adjacent buildings” presented by the Harmon’s current condition.