Las Vegas CityCenter Update – Subcontractors Object To Demolition of Harmon

Steve Green has published an excellent report at VEGAS INC, on some new developments in the ongoing CityCenter saga. According to Green, Harmon subcontractors Pacific Coast Steel and Ceco Concrete Construction LLC have joined general contractor Perini Building Co. in opposition to MGM Resorts International’s plans to implode the troubled building.

According to experts on behalf of MGM, the Harmon is “at risk of collapse” in the event of seismic activity. Perini and the two subcontractors disagree and have filed briefs in advance of a hearing next month regarding the demolition.

“If CityCenter’s motion is granted, and the Harmon is demolished, the parties will be arguing about the safety and integrity of a building that no longer exists,” Pacific Coast Steel attorneys wrote in their brief. “It will be impossible for a juror to reconcile this issue with the inherent presumption that there had to be something very seriously wrong with the building if it was demolished. A jury will undoubtedly believe that governmental and judicial authorization was needed for a total implosion.”

The Pacific Coast Steel filing also complained that despite assertions to the contrary by CityCenter, “there is no evidence that the Harmon is a public safety risk which must be abated.”

Also filing a brief opposing the demolition plan were four attorneys for Ceco Concrete Construction LLC, which has filed a lien against the Harmon for nearly $1.56 million.

That company complained that CityCenter’s actions don’t support its claim that the building is dangerous and should be imploded.

Ceco attorneys noted that after announcing plans to seek Clark County approval to implode the building on Aug. 15, “inflaming headlines around the world,” CityCenter didn’t ask the Nevada Supreme Court for an emergency order allowing it to abate the public safety risk. (The lawsuit was stayed at that time so the Supreme Court could decide a side issue).

“Instead, CityCenter sat silently for approximately four months, waiting for the stay to be lifted,” Ceco complained in its brief. “That is not the behavior of a public company that truly believes it possesses a building on the Las Vegas Strip that could collapse.”