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When Lord Norman Foster & Partners designed the Harmon Hotel as a non-gaming boutique, spa center, and upscale resort at CityCenter Las Vegas, the company did not predict that the project would be cut in half…literally. In 2008, when detrimental flaws were discovered during inspection of the building, work on the Harmon Hotel was halted. After surveying many of the building’s defects, architects and designers had to backtrack and redesign the hotel, reducing it from forty-nine stories to twenty-eight. Due to the drastic design alterations, time constraints, budget cuts, and lack of communication, construction of the Harmon Hotel was delayed indefinitely and is to be demolished completely by 2012.
Placing blame for the Harmon Hotel incident is near impossible. With so many different individuals and companies involved in the hotel’s construction including eight internationally-known architects; the project’s general contractor, Perini Building Company; rebar subcontractor, Pacific Coast Steel; and many, many others, the reason behind the demolition of the Harmon Hotel can only be explained by human error and process difficulty.
If there was a way to prevent human error exclusively, construction
projects would evolve into headache-free, on-time, and under-budget
endeavours. But because of miscommunication habits and basic psychology,
human error, mistakes, and poor decisions are not only forecasted in
the AEC industry’s processes, they are highly anticipated.
After extensive research, it has been found that the implementation of a project scheduling, project costing, project reporting, and project management technology has a powerful impact on the timeliness, cost, and completion of any construction project. This case study confirms that with the appropriate use of OCPM technology, communication within the AEC industry can be vastly improved and construction can be completed on-time, within budget, and most importantly, nearly error-free.
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