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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2009 awards -> Sky Ute Casino Resort


Entry number: B09008
Project Name: Sky Ute Casino Resort
Building Type: Casino Resort
Completion Date: November 2008
Building Location: Ignacio, CO
Type of Construction: New construction - Type 1A assembly
Materials Used: Steel, concrete, stone, glass, wood, metal, manmade composites
Building Area: 290,000 sf

Design Team:
Architecture Firm:
Leo A. Daly
Architect of Record: Francis Dumont, AIA NCARB
Client/Owner/Developer: The Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Interior Designer: Leo A Daly
Landscape Architect: Land Architects
Structural Engineer: Leo A Daly
Electrical Engineer: Leo A Daly
Civil Engineer: Bechtolt Engineering, Inc
General Contractor: Arviso/Okland
Photographer: Craig Smith
Partnering Architecture Firm: AmerINDIAN Architecture

Statement of Design Approach:
We wanted to take maximum advantage of this beautiful site, nestled in the Rocky Mountains. The atrium is the heart of the project, replicating a climate-controlled environment that is an homage to the outdoors. The two hotel wings become open arms, welcoming visitors. Daylighting of public spaces is unusual in a casino environment but this project reinvents the gaming experience by providing a connection between indoor recreation and the outdoors. After extensive study of the tribe's artifacts, we produced design motifs representative, but not literal of their culture. The casino is completely unique to the local land and people.

The Sky Ute Casino Resort features a stunning, five story atrium space containing a 300-seat restaurant buffet offering spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The 290,000 sf hotel, convention center, and casino contains approximately 25,000 sf of conference and event space. Gaming features include a 700-seat casino and 20 table games. In addition, dining, entertainment venues, a 24-lane bowling alley, childcare center, and four-star, 150-unit boutique hotel complete the 40-acre property. The facility also features an indoor, family-oriented pool complete with a "lazy river", bubble couches, bubble benches, and a hot tub.

Sustainable Description:
The Sky Ute Casino Resort is not just a casino. For the tribe it is a place to commune, a provider of much-needed jobs, and a symbol of the tribe's culture. Not only did Leo A Daly successfully translate the tribe's culture into the design of the building, but they made sure to respect the land and reduce the impact of the building on the environment. First, the site is located near the government and community reservation tribal centers so people could potentially walk or ride a bike to work. All vegetation is local and water efficient. All local site soil was used - we repositioned the soil for the cut and fill instead of shipping soil in or out of the site, thereby keeping the integrity of the site and reducing fossil fuel consumption. Daylighting was implemented throughout the building to reduce energy-use as well as create a beautiful, relaxing place to unwind and work. Local tribal artisans were commissioned to produce artwork for the resort, thus helping to sustain the local artistic community. The resort is a multi-generational facility, offering recreation for any age. Spaces were developed to hold local small businesses so tribal business could operate within the facility. Overall the resort greatly surpasses normal expectations of what a casino can offer a community. It is a beautiful facility with a great importance to the tribe.


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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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