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Las Vegas Check: Little Off the Top for Sir Norman

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Friends, we've got a little glitch on our hands at the Harmon, a new boutique hotel in Las Vegas from starchitect Sir Norman Foster. The hotel, slated for 49 stories, will end up topping off at 28 stories thanks to 15 floors of wrongly installed rebar. More via the NYT:

"Architectural experts say they cannot recall such a drastic midconstruction downscaling, especially of a building designed by a marquee architect, in this case Norman Foster. No one from Mr. Foster’s firm, based in London, responded to e-mail and telephone requests for comment. “This is not the way we had expected things to play out,” said an MGM Mirage spokesman, Gordon Absher. “But we want to build safe buildings whose structural integrity everyone has confidence in.”What's next, stripping Sir Norman of his seat in the House of Lords? Er, never mind.
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