By Joel Scanlon
The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the global trade association of the shopping center industry, presents Gold sustainable design awards to Crystals Retail & Entertainment District at CityCenter. The awards were presented at the ICSC's annual U.S. Design and Development Awards competition.
The Gold Award and Sustainable Design Award were presented to Crystals based on the innovative design and development in the New Project category. The category honors and distinguishes a new shopping center based on its specific design experience or its establishment of new standards in construction and design, or its capacity to resolve complications during construction.
Selection of a project for the award depends on the following five criteria: energy & atmosphere; indoor environmental quality; water efficiency; sustainability related to transportation, education regarding environmental responsibility and employing merchants in sustainability operations and design as well as materials & resources.
The ICSC stated that Crystals won this award for its extensive series of retailers in an architectural design environment. A versatile glass canopy portraying the intricate beauty of a quartz crystal represents the company’s design, invoking natural light into its three-level experiential area.
Crystals has also won the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold certification for sustainability, and at present has been honored as the largest LEED Gold certified retail district in the United States. Other recipients of the LEED Gold certifications at the CityCenter include the convention center and theater, ARIA Resort & Casino's hotel tower, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Vdara Hotel & Spa and Veer Towers.