The Venetian Macao

The Venetian Macao

Size: 10.6m sqft
Cost: US$2.4b
Opened: August 2007
Key project challenges: land reclamation; foundation system; resources and logistics; time

Creating the ambience of 15th-century Italy on what was previously marshland in Macau was just part of the challenge of this integrated resort development. The scale of the project and the aggressive construction schedule (34 months) put a significant demand on regional resources and logistics. Creative procurement strategies were required to satisfy the demands of the brief, and construction proceeded on a 24-hour basis.

The site was created by reclaiming land between two islands. An elaborate ground stabilisation and sub-structure system was required to support the structures on deep bedrock, and an enhanced structural design was engineered to withstand extreme weather (including typhoons). Three 150-metre-long interior canals positioned directly above the casino floor required an enhanced double-slab waterproofing strategy.

The Venetian Macao development incorporates 2,900 hotel suites in a 32-storey tower, more than 550,000sqft of gaming space, around 1,000,000sqft of retail, a convention/meeting complex, a 15,000-seat arena, and a 1,800-seat theatre. It introduced the concept of integrated resorts to Asia and has become an iconic tourist destination. tpm’s core team delivered the project in its former guise as the in-house client representative and project/development management arm of Las Vegas Sands in Asia.