Forest City Enterprises, Inc. joined in the dedication of the newly completed $185 million Las Vegas City Hall at 495 S. Main St. in the city's downtown.
Company officials joined Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, City Manager Betsy Fretwell, members of city council and other civic leaders to dedicate the 310,000-square-foot building, which features vertical fin architecture and computer-controlled LED lighting. City workers completed the move to the new facility late last month.
Forest City's Real Estate Services subsidiary developed the City Hall for Las Vegas on a fee basis. The company owns three additional adjoining blocks of land, which it intends to develop into a new mixed-use civic district with office, retail and services that support the City Hall and other nearby government buildings.
Construction of the City Hall is part of a broader strategy by Las Vegas leaders to stimulate job creation and economic revitalization of the city's downtown.
David J. LaRue, president and chief executive officer of Cleveland-based Forest City, called the project an example of "the power of public-private partnerships to revitalize our cities."
"Great cities have strong downtowns, and it starts with great public buildings, like the new City Hall," LaRue said.
The City Hall is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. According to the city, the new building will reduce the city's energy costs by more than $400,000 annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,400 metric tons. Thirty-three "solar trees" on the plaza and solar panels on the building's roof will produce about 290,000 kilowatt hours of power for the City Hall annually.
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