The Big Gamble | Desert Companion

I have a feature piece in this month’s Desert Companion looking at the impact of the 1989 opening of The Mirage:

Wynn’s design team found their endurance pushed to the limit in keeping up with his constantly evolving vision of what the resort would be (iconic elements like the exploding Strip-side volcano were relatively late additions to the project), and the prospect of recruiting and training the staff for the resort led to the creation of new human resources systems.

The real accomplishment of the Mirage’s builders, though, might not be the creative vision or the operational feat, but the financial savvy that paid for it.

Read it all: The Big Gamble | Nevada Public Radio

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