Paradise in the Palms
New Palms Place Grows Skyward In Las Vegas
Contractor M.J. Dean Construction is building the third tower
at the Palms Casino Resort. The $350 million, 50-story concrete tower
will provide almost 600 units for residences which can be rented
out as hotel rooms to guests.
Palms Place, an ultra-posh new condo-hotel, is taking shape
a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip.
The $350-million, 599-unit skyscraper is located next to the
34-acre, 664-room Palms Casino Resort at Flamingo Road and
Arville Street. M.J. Dean Construction of Las Vegas, is the
The 50-story cast-in-place concrete tower features 9-in.-thick
post-tensioned floors and an elaborate glass skin. The high-rise
rests atop a 5,000-cu-yd concrete mat foundation with 80,
6-ft-dia. drilled caissons from 60- to 80-ft deep. The 526-ft-tall
tower has roughly 26 columns per every 18,000-sq-ft floor
plate, with two supporting shear walls and a massive central
elevator core. The 1.1-million-sq-ft structure is serviced
by 15 elevators and a central plant.
A main porte cochere entrance enables drivers to travel under
the building. A "SkyTube,"a 700-ft-long enclosed
elevated moving walkway, will connect to the adjacent Palms
The skyscraper rises from a five-level podium with parking,
a restaurant, lounge, bar and offices. The project also includes
a lavish two-level spa with 20 treatment rooms, including
steam and sauna areas.
A landscaped outdoor pool deck with spas, cabanas and a fitness
center tops the 60 ft-tall podium.
Residences consist of seven different floor plans, ranging
from a 600-sq-ft studio up to 7,000-sq-ft penthouse. Units
come fully furnished with gourmet kitchens, 42-in plasma TVs,
linens and contemporary décor.
Toronto-based Yabu Pushelberg is the interior designer. The
high-end penthouses feature cantilevered stand-alone Jacuzzi
bathtubs overlooking the Strip.
The tower joins the growing number of recent Las Vegas projects
to use the condo-hotel concept, which will enable homeowners
to earn income by renting out their residences to guests when
not in use, just like a hotel room.
The project will bring the Palms total room inventory to 1,263.
The project proved an instant hit, selling-out quickly despite
six price increases that ran from $500,000 to $7 million.
"We sold-out at an incredible pace, and we could have
sold-out another tower," says Palms president George
Maloof. "But we won't build another one. This is a one-of-a-kind."
Designed by The Jerde Partnership, Venice, Calif., with Las
Vegas-based KGA Architecture as architect-of-record, Palms
Place is fully sheathed in emerald-colored, custom-cut Vericon
glass - a contract worth $30-million.
The building has a unique saw-tooth façade with setbacks
to create private glass and aluminum railing balconies at
No two floor edges are the same, says Bryan Cowart, M.J. Dean's
project manager. It has required laser surveying of each floor
by Loscha Engineering, the project's Las Vegas-based structural
engineer, to make certain the building stayed in alignment
during construction. Despite this, M.J. Dean has maintained
a floor-a-week erection schedule through pre-construction
planning and flying forms.
"It's the first residential tower at the Palms so we
wanted to have a unique feeling," says Coco Zhou, Jerde's
project designer. "By having it all glass, it creates
a very vertical tower that glows at night like a diamond."
The tower has another iconic touch: LED sticks encircle the
building crown like a halo. The molded, reinforced fiber elements
have an imbedded lighting system that shines back toward the
building façade, giving it a shimmering look at night.
The vertical light sticks start on the 23rd floor and rise
past the roof, attaching at each level in 10-ft pieces to
form contiguous elements up to 200-ft-long. They are placed
roughly 20-ft apart from one another around the entire tower.
M.J. Dean is self-forming the concrete work, framing, painting
The project, which broke ground in January 2006, will see
up to 750 tradesmen on site during the height of construction
activity, Cowart says.
The new Palms Place is expected to take its place along the
Las Vegas skyline in December.
Palms Casino Resort
KGA Architecture; The Jerde Partnership
M.J. Dean Construction
Anderson Drilling; Century Steel; Embassy Glass;
Bombard Electric; Bombard Mechanical
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