42 MARCH 2016 COATINGSPROMAG.COM
PHOTOS COURTESY WATER FX
BY JACK INNIS, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
GM Resorts International had a huge problem.
Te massive lagoon in front of their New
York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,
Nev., was leaking like a sieve! Te landmark
water feature anchors the New York-New York property to the
corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.
On a pedestal inside the water feature stands a
150-foot-tall (45.8 m) replica of the Statue of Liberty that
helps visually establish a mock New York City skyline. Each
day, thousands of tourists fock to the intersection to marvel at
the lagoon, statue, and skyline. Tis carefully crafted cityscape
helps MGM capture its share of Nevada's $10.86 billion annual
casino industry revenues.
Now, nothing good ever came from a leaking water feature.
At best, precious water is lost. In a worst-case scenario, an
unchecked leak might form a hidden sinkhole that could under-
mine the water feature, anything in it, such as a 150-ton (136.1
metric ton) Statue of Liberty replica, or foundations of adjacent
structures. Tankfully, MGM maintenance personnel caught
the leak early and avoided any potential catastrophes.
With so much at stake, MGM decided to demo the
9,600 -square-foot (891.9 m²) pond and start over w ith new
plumbing, shotcrete, and an 80 -mil (2,032.0 microns) total
dr y film thickness (DFT) spray-in-place, monolithic poly urea
lining system by VersaFlex.
Big Splash in Las Vegas
Water FX was about to make a big splash in Las Vegas. Te
Henderson, Nev.-based limited liability corporation (LLC) had
years of experience creating commercial aquatic structures,
such as pools, fountains, and other water features. But Water
FX had never tackled a large, high-profle polyurea project
such as the New York-New York lagoon. Still, project manager
Tim Singleton felt confdent. He and his fve-man crew were
Splash in Vegas