M Resort Construction Photos And Preview

Way Way Out, On The Southern Tip of Las Vegas Boulevard, Another Casino Sprouts Forth

Posted by Chuckmonster

While Encore, City Center, Palazzo and Fontainebleau have grabbed nearly all of the headlines in the current Vegas construction boom derby, another project further down the Strip (like, way) is also beginning to show major signs of skyward expansion.

The M Resort, which was conceived by Anthony Marnell III and designed by architectural design and construction firm Marnell Corrao Associates will initially occupy half of the 80 acres of land located at the intersection of St. Rose Parkway and Las Vegas Boulevard. St. Rose is the last major intersection on Las Vegas Boulevard before it leaves the valley and becomes Highway 91 to Jean and by way of I-15 South, California.

When complete, the property will have 400 hotel rooms, a 100,000 square foot casino, convention center, dining and spa offerings. Construction on M Resort began just under a year ago (May 2007), and is scheduled to open just over a year from now (May 2009). In addition to Marnell's investment, casino monolith MGMMirage contributed $160M to the expected total cost of $700M.

Marnell and MGMMirage hope to seize on both the locals market as well as siphon off market share from higher end off strip resorts like Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch, both of which are owned by Stations Casinos. Currently, there isn't much out at the southern tip of the valley, but plans are already in the works for all sorts of new housing developments along the very southern ends of Las Vegas Boulevard.

M Resort LED Macao Studio City

The main tower has a number of interesting design features which are directly influenced by some of the more recent and future developments in Macau. There are numerous renderings of the property on the Marnell website, some of which show the building as having a glass curtain wall, and others show the building having a lattice of LED lights mounted on the outside. This will function similarly to the Fremont Experience, or Macau's Grand Lisboa both of whom display detailed full scale computer generated animations. Another casino currently under construction on Macau's Cotai Strip has a similar 'building as light show' design, eSun Holdings' Macao Studio City. To see this in action, check out the Macau casino neon signs video, the Grand Lisboa portion starts at about the four minute mark.

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