In 2008, a Canadian Vietnamese joint venture development company, Asian Coast Development Ltd (ACDL) won the rights to develop a significant integrated resort project in Vung Tau province on the southern coast of Vietnam outside of Ho Chi Minh City. This was to include a full-scale Las Vegas style casino - a first for Vietnam.
While MGM Resorts, owns and develops its own operated casino resorts in North America, it negotiated a management contract (under MGM Hospitality) for the 2-phase hotel and casino project. As Master planner and architect, ACDL hired Paul Steelman, a Las Vegas-based architect with extensive integrated casino resort design experience. Given the scale and complexity of the project, and the location, Steelman was also appointed to execute the interior designs; they carried out their work from a significant office set up in Ho Chi Minh City.
Miller joined MGMH in 2011. In 2012, he got involved in the project, at a stage when designs were significantly complete, and the building structure was nearly completed. The 14 months until completion of the project involved significant amount of time on-site. This involved assisting the Project Manager in the development of a detailed Handover Schedule, in liaison with the Contractor and the MGMH Operations team. Also included were: setting up and supporting quality control program to sign off completion of works; coordination of operation’s pre-opening activities with site team, and assisting the design team with their construction admin activities.
The project was completed, ready for operation by Q1 of 2013. Delays in the issuance of operating licenses and other business issues arose between Ownership and the operator, MGMH. As a result, MGMH elected not to continue with its management of the property; it opened as an independently-run property in Q3 of 2013