Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nevada
- Year Completed: Elevators 2005, Escalators: 2004
- Elevator Units: 6
- Escalator Units: Linear- 6, Spiral- 4
- Architect: Kittrell Garlock & Associates
Spiral escalators lend a building a quality of wonder and excitement unlike any other, and this stunning innovation is synonymous with the name Mitsubishi Electric. In 1985, the company developed and installed the world’s first spiral escalator in Osaka, Japan, and remains the world’s only manufacturer of spiral escalators to date. Installing spiral escalators at the 636,000 square-foot Forum Shops at Caesars presented unique challenges. The design had to match the curve of the building and offer as much transparency as possible to allow unobstructed views of the elite retail shops while still matching the unique design aesthetic of Caesars. To meet this demand arching support structures were used to create the illusion of escalators suspended in mid-air, with a continuous spiral steel structure to provide a base for each escalator truss. The support system was enclosed in the “stone” facade, creating the appearance of escalators gracefully curving from one floor to the next, fulfilling the building owner’s objective and allowing riders to enjoy panoramic views of the grand atrium’s surrounding boutiques.