A California inspection and testing firm has agreed to a six-month ban imposed by Clark County, Nev., from seeking new work in the southern part of the state for submitting false inspection reports on the Harmon Hotel & Spa, one of six large building projects in Las Vegas’ $8.5-billion CityCenter development. Converse Consultants’ failure to disclose defects has prompted the owner to shrink the planned building to 28 stories from the 49 originally planned.
Hired by owner MGM Mirage Inc. to inspect the 400-room hotel tower, Monrovia-based Converse issued 62 daily reports between March and July 2008 stating that reinforcing steel inside link beams between floors six through 20 was properly installed, when it was not, the county says. The discovery last year temporarily shut down work on the cast-in-place tower and prompted a redesign. It is designed by Foster + Partners, London.