The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED® Gold certification (Core & Shell) to the restaurant corridor at The Park, MGM Resorts International's newly-opened outdoor dining and entertainment district.
The Park is designed to provide a gathering place and oasis from the bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. As part of The Park's commitment to earn LEED® certification, MGM Resorts invested in cutting-edge technology and implemented a range of environmentally conscious construction and landscaping measures to help lower overall environmental impact.
"One of MGM Resorts' strongest values is offering destinations that create exceptional guest experiences while reducing environmental impact," said Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts International's Chief Sustainability Officer. "For us, environmental responsibility is a commitment that extends across all levels of our organization. The Park exemplifies our dedication to environmental leadership in Las Vegas."
Environmental attributes of The Park that supported the LEED® Gold rating include:
- Use of recycled materials: All of the furniture, shade structures, waste bins, tree grates and building structures were made with pre- and post-consumer-recycled steel.
- Construction waste recycling: More than 85% of construction waste was recycled.
- Well water use & water efficiency: An on-site well provides all of The Park's irrigation water, reducing reliance on the city's water supply. Water efficient features include point-source drippers that conserve 72% more water than traditional sprinklers and anemometers that control water features based on wind speed.
- Energy: To reduce energy, LED lighting is used throughout The Park, and high efficiency heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems are used in the restaurants.
The Park represents the seventh LEED® Gold certification achieved by MGM Resorts, and the only one under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Core & Shell rating system. This addition brings the area of LEED® Gold certified space within the MGM Resorts portfolio to more than 15 million square feet.
In addition, MGM Resorts has registered two upcoming resorts and one entertainment venue for LEED® certification: MGM National Harbor, MGM Springfield, and the T-Mobile Arena. All are targeting LEED® Gold.