CityCenter (A): Vision and Design

Posted: 16 May 2010

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A.Eugene Kohn

Harvard Business School, Finance Unit

John D. Macomber

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Ben Creo

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: January 12, 2009

Abstract

CityCenter is a $9 billion project for MGM MIRAGE. The project's star architects have a major disagreement about a critical design issue. Bill Smith, head of the MGM MIRAGE Design Group, must resolve this issue to the satisfaction of all the project's stakeholders. This case explores many issues in the construction of large scale buildings: how to envision such a project, how to manage the architects, how different designs adds value, and what criteria matter in resolving a dispute between designers. The case also explores the construction costs and revenue benefits of having two buildings built with significant leaning away from vertical.

Suggested Citation

Kohn, A.Eugene and Macomber, John D. and Creo, Ben, CityCenter (A): Vision and Design (January 12, 2009). HBS Case No. 209-052, Harvard Business School Finance Unit, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1606870

A.Eugene Kohn (Contact Author)

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John D. Macomber

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

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Ben Creo

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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