I hope you can all join me as the city of Las Vegas dedicates the new Las Vegas City Hall at 6 p.m. today, March 5. The event will take place on the front steps of the building located at 495 S. Main St. The nighttime dedication was scheduled to showcase the iconic LED lighting on the front of the building that can display artistic patterns. City of Las Vegas officials, including Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, myself and other members of the City Council, City Manager Betsy Fretwell and representatives from Forest City Enterprises, the company that built City Hall, will officially dedicate the building. Public tours of the new building will begin following the ceremony.
The new City Hall has many sustainable, or environmentally favorable, features. It is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. It will cut the city's energy costs by more than $400,000 annually and reduce greenhouse emissions by more than 2,400 metric tons. Thirty-three "solar trees" on the plaza and other solar panels arrayed on the building will produce about 290,000 kilowatt hours of power for the City Hall annually.
The new City Hall was designed by architect Howard Elkus of Elkus Manfredi Architects. Many of the building’s features represent aspects of Las Vegas' past, present and future. For example, the form of the council chambers is to recall the underground springs that first brought people to Las Vegas, and the lobby is reminiscent of Hoover Dam and Black Canyon that surrounds it. Illuminated glass panels in the lobby represent the Colorado River and sun rays adorn the exterior of the east wing, showing the energy of the sun and the city's commitment to a sustainable future.
The new City Hall is also a living canvas of sorts, as public art is displayed in a variety of exhibits for citizens to see.