We have led and continue to lead our industry in inclusion and empowerment of diverse businesses in our construction projects, including maintenance and renovation of existing facilities as well as new development and construction. We engage in continuous efforts to identify capable diverse businesses with priority where possible to local enterprises. We use a variety of techniques—such as partnerships, mentorships and job segmentation—to extend diversity participation and foster growth of diverse businesses into more viable enterprises. We make our diversity business imperative a business necessity for our contractors and service providers, with an aggressive pace for diversity participation.
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MGM Grand Detroit
Minority firm Hamilton & Associates joint ventured with majority architect The Smith Group in the design of the iconic MGM Grand Detroit Hotel & Casino in downtown Detroit, Michigan. This $803 million project achieved high levels of diversity and local participation. 53% of the property’s total spend was with target businesses under project diversity protocols, 33% of which represented minority businesses. Minority trade workers performed 32% of all trade worker hours in the construction of this complex.
At a cost of $9 billion our historic CityCenter joint venture is the largest privately funded project of its kind in U.S. history. Our vendor summit early in the project launched an aggressive approach to diversity and inclusion, combining an extensive search for and intensive project training of diverse businesses with project debundling, joint ventures and mentoring partnerships. Diverse businesses were involved in virtually every major discipline used in the project—from building design and architecture, LEED environmental sustainability consulting and engineering, to information technology, construction and waste removal. CityCenter achieved a landmark $896.6 million spend with diverse businesses.