Resorts World Las Vegas

CLIENT: Genting Group
LOCATION: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
project overview:

Spanning over 88 acres, Resorts World Las Vegas is notable for both its size and the scope of its offerings. It includes three hotels managed by Hilton, each under different brands: Las Vegas Hilton, the resort’s main hotel with over 1,700 rooms; Conrad Las Vegas, which offers Luxury accommodation in over 1,400 rooms; and Crockfords Las Vegas (part of LXR Hotels and Resorts), featuring high-end suites. Altogether, the resort boasts over 3,500 rooms.

In 2013, Genting Group acquired the property, seizing the opportunity to infuse new life into the incomplete structures left behind from a previous unsuccessful development of the site. They incorporated existing frameworks, including hotel and parking facilities from the former Echelon project into the new development. This approach not only saved resources but also accelerated the construction timeline.

The unique Chinese-themed property is extensive, offering a range of amenities including a large gaming floor with slots, table games, and a sportsbook. It has a 3,200 person capacity theater, a dome-shaped nightclub, a 46,000m2 convention center, and a variety of restaurants and bars, a 37,000m2 shopping area, and a spa. It boasts 20,000m2 of pools, making it the largest rooftop pool deck in Las Vegas.

Resorts World Las Vegas integrates advanced technology throughout its operations, including cashless wagering options, mobile check-in, and digital keys. Its striking red appearance and modern design make it a standout feature on the Las Vegas skyline, and its 9,300m2 LED facade is one of the largest in the US.

DBM Vircon’s Scope of Work

DBM Vircon undertook several packages of work for the Resorts World project, including: Podium, Pool Deck, Spine (Retail), Theater, Convention Center, East Lobby and Porte Cochere, Genting Grand, South Access Tunnel, and North Access Tunnel. The steelwork was fabricated and erected by Schuff Steel, SME Steel and Southwest Steel.

In addition to the usual modeling and detailing tasks the company is commonly engaged for, DBM Vircon conducted a comprehensive material audit for this project. The goal was to maximize the use of existing steel in the new structures. To achieve this, detailed inventory lists of existing steel were utilized, provided by the fabricator and categorized into three distinct groups:

  • Category one: Stock lengths of steel located at the fabricator’s shop in Utah
  • Category two: Fabricated steel also stored in Utah
  • Category three: Fabricated steel already present at the construction site

Project Highlights & Challenges:

The Resorts World Las Vegas project faced a unique challenge: incorporating reused steel into the design while staying true to the original architectural vision and functionality. This meant evaluating each steel member for reuse, considering weight and seismic safety. Integrating the existing structure with the new design demanded creative solutions. Overcoming these hurdles required strong collaboration between engineering, fabrication, and architectural teams. Through open communication and a commitment to quality, construction successfully reused steel while preserving the project’s vision.

Notably, the project surpassed the owner’s target tonnage for reused steel. In just the Podium structure alone, 3,300 out of 8,000 assemblies incorporated reused steel. This not only benefited the environment but also saved the owner millions, highlighting the financial advantages alongside the environmental ones of steel reuse.

To read more about steel reuse in construction, read From Scrap to Structure: Reusing Structural Steel in Construction.

Christopher Pfeiff