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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

'Death ray' at Vegas hotel pool heats up guests - Travel - News - msnbc.com #BIM (not)

Heaven forbid you use a design tool that can help you do sun path analysis before you cook your customers.  This article just makes me so mad.  Who is responsible for this sort of miscalculation?  Is this covered under your liability insurance?  This is just the sort of thing that 2D year olds can't get away with in their "we don't need 3D" mantra.  I officially demand that every new building from here on out be created with BIM/VDC so this never happens again.  

Image: Vdara pool
Courtesy of CityCenter
Guests at the new Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas have complained that design of the hotel can magnify and reflect the sun's rays at temperatures hot enough to singe hair or melt plastic cups.
updated 9/28/2010 5:52:27 PM ET

 Hotel & Spa have complained that the glass skyscraper can magnify and reflect the sun's rays onto an area of the pool at temperatures hot enough to singe hair or melt plastic drink cups. It's a phenomenon that some hotel employees call the Vdara "death ray," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Bill Pintas, a Chicago lawyer and businessman, recently told the newspaper that he was sunning himself by the pool Sept. 16 when he became so uncomfortably hot that he had to move.

"I was effectively being cooked," Pintas said. "I started running as fast as I could without looking like a lunatic."

Pintas said that he smelled an odor and realized a bit of his hair had been burned. He sought refuge at the pool's bar area, where he described what happened to hotel employees. "Yes, we call it the death ray," he says they told him.

Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Resorts International, which owns the Vdara, said that he prefers the term "hot spot" or "solar convergence."

"Because of the curved, concave shape of that hotel, they sometimes get isolated pockets of high temperatures," Absher told ABC News. He added that designers foresaw the issue and thought they had solved it by installing a high-tech film on the hotel's glass windows to reduce the effect.

He added that the hotel is working on a solution to the problem, such as putting in a row of thick umbrellas, shade structures or maybe some large plants. But due to the changing of the seasons and the Earth's rotation, the position of the hotel's "hot spot" changes every day.Currently, the convergence affects only a small portion of thepool deck for about 90 minutes around noon, Absher said.

He also noted that this was the hotel's first summer of operation and that he's confident the hotel will find a solution to the problem. "We're just trying to create a pleasant, relaxing pool experience for our guests," he said.
"The sun is constantly moving, not only across the sky during the day, but it changes with the seasons," he said. "We're dealing with a moving target."

Vdara, which has a unique crescent design, opened in December 2009 at CityCenter.

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