The future of the Las Vegas Strip's Harmon Hotel remains clouded by competing claims over the unfinished building's structural soundness. Image by Bill Hughes New charges swirl in controversy over the still unfinished Harmon Hotel. Released on July 11, an engineering report commissioned by owner MGM Resorts International says construction defects in the 28-story tower are “so pervasive and varied … that it is not possible to quickly implement a temporary or permanent repair” or determine “whether repairs are possible.”The findings contradict an earlier government report that said Harmon is “structurally stable under design loads from a maximum considered earthquake.”
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.