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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2008 awards -> Wild Rose Hotel & Casino


Entry number: B08001
Project Name: Wild Rose Hotel & Casino
Building Type: Hospitality
Completion Date: July 2008
Architect: EV&A Architects

Design Team:
Landscape Architect: Snyder & Associates
Interior Designer: EV&A Architects
Structural Engineer: JP-SE
Electrical Engineer: Harris Engineers
Civil Engineer: McClure Engineering Assoc.
General Contractor: Regency Commercial Services
Life Safety: JBA Consulting Engineers

Narrative/Project Description:
Award Type of Project: Casino & Hotel
Completion Date: July 2008
Type of Construction: Casino: I-A; Hotel: V-A, 1-Hour
Materials Used: Manuf. Stone, Wood Cladding, Exterior Plaster
Building Area: 120,000 Square Feet

Statement of Design Approach:
The client wished to build a premier "Vegas-style" gaming resort facility on a 28.6-acre parcel just off the main highway in Clinton, Iowa. Iowa's first 100% land-based casino, the property features a 28,000 square foot casino, appealingly themed restaurant/tavern, buffet, 60-room hotel, and a 15,000 square foot events center.

The prairie-style aesthetics drew inspiration from the architecture of the region in the early 20th century. Playing on the design elements from this era such as flat or hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, and horizontal lines that meld the building with the prairie landscape, the design evokes a sense of place and regional heritage.

A grand promenade links all the resort functions and allows daylight to penetrate into the spaces. Crisp whites, accented with earthy brown hues, further brighten the interiors and help create a welcoming environment. Archival photography from Clinton's past and artwork from local/regional artists connect patrons to the community that welcomes the Wild Rose Clinton Casino & Resort.

Sustainable Description:
Daylighting: The grand promenade space, that serves as the major circulation spine, features windows all along its southern exposure. Directly on the opposite wall are all of the resort's featured spaces. This allows natural daylight to spill into these spaces and provides patrons with the comfort that comes from a visual connection to the outdoors. This strategy of integrating daylighting is unique to a casino environment.

Lighting: Compact Fluorescent lamps were used throughout the project for both general and decorative lighting needs.

Interior Finishes: Where possible low-impact interior finishes were used. Low VOC interior paint was used throughout. The property's restaurant/sports tavern features accent walls clad in wood planks of reclaimed redwood sourced from over 70 year old olive curing tanks. Reclaimed whiskey barrels were also used for the themed decoration.



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Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos

These images are low-resolution reproductions of the images provided for the AIA Nevada Design Awards. All materials should be considered copyrighted and may not be reproduced or used without permission.

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