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Smith Center Takes Center Stage in Vegas
Posted by Tasha Weiss on March 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM.


Las Vegas’ much-anticipated cultural centerpiece, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, opened this month and is the first major multi-purpose performance center in the U.S. to earn LEED Silver certification. (Right Photo: Steve Hall, HedrichBlessing)




Inspired by many architectural styles, including art deco, the 358,000-sq.-ft Smith Center uses 4,000 tons of structural steel and nearly 2,500 tons of Indiana limestone. A 170-ft-tall Carillon tower (featuring 47 bronze bells and a stainless steel silver crown) provides somewhat of a town square feel, and several of the project’s details pay homage to the nearby Hoover Dam. (Left Photo: Courtesy of Walter P Moore)



Sited at the heart of 61 acres of environmentally remediated and reclaimed rail yards–the building is part of new urban development, Symphony Park, a 1.7-acre complex that will host performances and other entertainment events–the $470 million building houses multiple venues for a broad range of performance genres and events. The 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall will host orchestra, opera, dance, Broadway and first-run touring attractions from around the world, while the Boman Pavilion will play home to more intimate musical and drama settings.


You can find out more about the new Smith Center at


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