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MAR 2016

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Feature M 42 MARCH 2016 COATINGSPROMAG.COM PHOTOS COURTESY WATER FX BY JACK INNIS, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR M 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 Polyurea Crew Makes Big Splash in Vegas POLYUREA CONCRETE

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