“We’ve had no one file a complaint or injury claim.”
Right now, the hotel is looking at getting some larger, thicker umbrellas, maybe some large plants and a few other, more high-tech options, Absher said.
“Because of the curved, concave shape of that hotel, they sometimes get isolated pockets of high temperatures,” said Absher, the MGM Mirage spokesman.
“I’m sitting there in the chair and all of the sudden my hair and the top of my head are burning,” Pintas told ABC News. As the Earth spins, the sun moves across the horizon. They didn’t want to spend the money,” Ashton told ABC News Wednesday night. Ashton wrote the builders of the Vdara hotel back in November 2008.
Las Vegas Hotel Pool Offers Too Much Sun
Fixing the problem isn’t going to be easy. A plastic cup melts at around 160 degrees.
“This is hardly a unique situation,” he said.
Today, guests lounging at the Las Vegas pool reportedly are getting burned by concentrated sun rays strong enough to melt plastic drink cups and plastic newspaper bags.
They told him it even melts plastic cups.
Gordon Absher, a spokesman for the hotel’s owner, MGM Mirage, said the company placed a reflective film over the windows that blocks about 70 percent of the light.
A reporter from the Las Vegas Review-Journal made two trips to the pool and saw the 10-foot-by-15-foot hot zone.
But for now, guests are going to have to be careful as the ray moves across the pool area.
Apparently, there is a more scientific name for the “death ray,” a name that the hotel’s management prefers: “solar convergence phenomenon.”
A solar glare specialist who was denied a contact by a Las Vegas hotel to help it solve an intense sunlight issue — now dubbed a “death ray” by employees there — says the casino ignored his advice and went with a cheaper fix.
“It is at best a mild inconvenience,” he said. Putting in one row of thick umbrellas won’t solve the problem because each day they would have to be a few feet back or a few feet forward from their prior day’s position.
He said that Vdara is not the only building in America to have the problem.. Until then, add some extra sunscreen and beware of the strong light.
Vdara Tries to Fix Pool Problem
“They’re kind of giggling and say: ‘Yeah, we know. “Once bids were received, the film we installed met and exceed those specifications. The film manufactured by others, including SSAF, did not.
Since the summer heat is on its way out, the hotel has a few months to find a solution. “I’m rubbing my head and it felt like a chemical burn. We offer them an umbrella. A plastic Vdara bag holding Pintas’ newspaper also was burned through by the sun. This was the first summer of operation and he said Vdara is investigating steps to solve the solar convergence.
“I used to live in Miami and I’ve sat in the sun in Las Vegas 100 times. He ran to a nearby umbrella but even that didn’t provide cover, let alone a shadow.
“It was as bright as outside,” said Pintas, a Chicago lawyer who owns a condo at the Vdara.
With that film, the hotel acknowledged, “when folks are out on the pool deck, on some days people will feel this reflection and the heat associated with it.”
The idea of a blinding light being magnified by a glass hotel in the middle of the desert shouldn’t surprise anyone. “We are dealing with a moving target.”
Ashton blamed the problem on poor design, saying the building was placed in the wrong position. They thought nobody would get hurt.”
Pintas said he shifted around, and suddenly the back of his legs were burning. During the summer, it was noticeable for about 90 minutes before and after noon, the reporter discovered from pool employee interviews. “They thought the issue would go away. But as the seasons change, the angle of the Earth to the sun changes too, meaning shadows — and in this case the hot spot — move in a different way. We call it the death ray,’” Pintas said.
“This is quite literally an astronomical challenge,” Absher said. We offer them an explanation of the unique convergence we deal with there.
Pintas said that polyethylene newspaper bags melt at between 120 and 130 degrees. I know what a hot sun feels like and this was not it,” he said. He said there are no “sour grapes” over being denied the contract.
“No one has had to seek medical attention,” he added. The ray can increase temperatures 20 degrees in the zone.
Pintas isn’t the only one to experience the so-called death ray at the City Center hotel.
Absher said the company is well aware of the lingering problem. At the bar, he explained the intense heat to some employees.
After a recent swim in the pool just after noon, he went back to his lounge chair.
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“It is one thing to ask experts in their relative field for advice; it is another to ignore their advice without justification,” glass film manufacturer Nichols E. “If someone notices that the temperature has increased and they mention something to our staff, we offer to move them. The black letters bearing the name Vdara had entirely melted away.
Bill Pintas felt burning in his hair during his experience with the hot spot.
“They didn’t like the information. I couldn’t imagine what it could be.”
Pintas learned he wasn’t the first person to experience the magnified sunlight. “My first inclination was thinking: Jesus we’ve destroyed the ozone layer because I am burning.”
“The specifications for the window film used to mitigate our convergence, those specifications were written by a solar convergence expert that was hired to evaluate the situation and recommend mitigation,” Absher said. That’s why MGM Mirage hired consultants to evaluate the problem and find a solution.
In the end, they chose a competing film that Ashton said was cheaper and inferior.
Ashton is president of SSAF International, which ultimately did not get a contract for a protective window film to fix the problem.
As the Earth rotates, the hot spot shifts across the pool area