CityCenter Las Vegas




  • The project redevelops 76-acres of parking lot and hotel/casino into one cohesive “city within a city.” This is the world’s largest LEED development.
  • Erosion control strategies are implemented, by using geotextiles to stabilize soils, plants for root stability and retaining walls to divert water.


  • Over 200,000 plants planted.
  • The project controls and manages invasive species.
  • Seed source and reference communities were considered when choosing plants. The project supports biodiversity through rare plants or endangered plants.


  • 60% reduction in water for irrigating the landscape.

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • Locally sourced and recycled materials were used.
  • With a 5% investment to achieve LEED Gold, there is an energy savings of more than 30%.


  • One of the single most expensive privately funded projects in the western hemisphere, CityCenter phased its opening.  
  • 8,000 construction workers and 39 cranes were on-site at the peak of construction. CityCenter created 12,000 new permanent positions along its many projects.


  • Recycled and reused more than 260,000 tons of construction waste and more than 80% from the imploded Boardwalk Hotel.


  • The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
  • Designed as a walkable urban environment, visitors can walk from room to shows, shopping, dining, activities, and events.
  • Users are still satisfied. Facebook has a 4.5-star rating from 2,594 votes and 28,130 likes. Google search trends peaked in December 2009.

CityCenter Las Vegas

In January 2005, MGM Mirage Design Group and Gensler teamed to lead the massive 67-acre, 18M-SF CityCenter project’s design effort. The Office of James Burnett (OJB) was asked to join the design leadership team and CityCenter Horticulture, with the responsibility of providing design and delivery expertise to the $300 million landscape architecture scope of the LEED Gold project.   

The $9 billion high-end residential, hospitality, entertainment, shopping, and recreational development is essentially an urban district with a unique mix of uses.  The project lies between the Monte Carlo and Bellagio resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, and six of the nine buildings have attained LEED Gold status. Approximately 75 percent of the project’s landscape architecture rests on structure, while the remaining landscape lines the project’s perimeter. 

OJB’s contributions to the project included the design and documentation of portions of the landscape elements along CityCenter Place, the Las Vegas Strip, and the Harmon Hotel. OJB also led project wide coordination of collaboration efforts, design presentations, sustainability targets, and construction administration related to the landscape architecture scope. Peer reviews of all landscape architecture documentation efforts were provided by OJB, as well assistance to CityCenter Horticulture in standardizing the project’s common hardscape and planting details, specimen tree and plant procurement, irrigation system, soil formulation and specification, dog parks, and furnishings selections.

Las Vegas, Nevada
Landscape Architects: D.I.R.T. Studio, Hargreaves Associates, James Corner Field Operations, Martha Schwartz Partners, Melendrez Architects: Adamson Associates, Foster + Partners, Gensler of Nevada, Graft, HKS Inc., Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Leo A. Daly, Murphy/Jahn, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Rafael Viñoly Architects, Rockwell Group, Studio Daniel Liebeskind; Art Consultant: Michelle C. Quinn Fine Art Advisory
LEED: Gold Certified