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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2009 awards -> The M Resort Hotel Casino


Entry number: B09021
Project Name: The M Resort Hotel Casino
Building Type: Hospitality
Completion Date: March 2009
Building Location: 12300 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Henderson, NV
Type of Construction:
Type I
Materials Used: Glass, stone, wood wall covering, stainless steel
Building Area: 1.7 million sf

Design Team:
Architecture Firm: Marnell Architecture
Architect of Record: Mitchell Trageton
M Holdings, LLC
Interior Designer: Marnell Architecture
Landscape Architect: Marnell Corrao Associates
Structural Engineer: Culp & Tanner, Inc
Electrical Engineer: JBA Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Southland Industries
Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn Associates
General Contractor: Marnell Corrao Associates
Photographer: Alise O’ Brien Photography

Statement of Design Approach:
Driven by a progressive style of architecture, the M resort embodies a unique contemporary architecture design. Infused with rich colors, subtle horizontal lines and finely crafted materials, the M Resort is an inviting blend of warm, yet modern design, linear vs. lineal: “lines of sight”-views and vistas that lead you toward something. Lineal shapes that imply you are being lead down a path. Strong horizontal and vertical lines create a sense of direction and confidence. Being in-tune with nature, based on thinking of “no barriers", blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, there can be a modernist-approach to being integrated with the elements, as well as utilizing sound and light a means of defining areas.

The M Resort is situated on more than 90 master planned acres on South Las Vegas Blvd., overlooking the world famous Las Vegas Strip. The resort comprises 1.7 million square feet, including 340,00 square feet in the towel, 570,000 low rise and 775,000 square feet of parking structure. The resort includes the following program elements. The casino with 92,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor gaming including: 1,900 video poker slot machines, 64 table games, high limit gaming area, live action poker room, and pool side gaming. The resort offers 390 guest rooms and suites ranging from 1,440 square feet to 2,400 square feet. As well as spa-like bathrooms that offer a marble vanity with double sinks, inland mirror television. and separate bathtub and shower. Dining at the resort includes: Terzetto, steak and seafood, Marinelli’s authentic Italian, Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet, Race & Sports Book Dining, Red Cup Café, 24-hour dining, Plazza Grille, Seasonal Pool Side Casual Dining, Veloce Cibo & Bar Veloce, Top Floor Towel Restaurant and Bar and Baby Cakes, European–inspired Patissserie. The M resort also has spa Mio a 23,000 square foot full service, world class space and Salon offering: 16 treatment rooms, Sauna, Steam and Jacuzzi wet areas, fitness center, locker rooms and a full-service Salon and Barber Shop. The resort also offers a picturesque pool setting for outdoors events and headliner concerts, the lobby bar, 32 draft bar, Villeggio bar and Hostile Grape Wine Cellar & Tasting Room. The M Resort is unifies and focused around a very unique concept: maximizing the northern view of the Las Vegas Strip from all customer–centered programmatic.

Sustainable Description:
Although the M Resort was not designed a LEED-Certified project, numerous energy efficiency concepts were developed and implemented throughout the Resort.

Environmental Modeling:
The resort structures and site were extensively modeled for wind and solar environmental characteristics. The objectives were to understand solar hear gain shade patterns and wind conditions throughout the year, as the master plan was developed.

Building Management System:
Energy and flow meters were installed throughtout the mechanical system, a first for Hotel/Casino Resort design. By accurately understanding energy flow characteristics. Resort operations can optimally control and minimize energy use and the Design Build Team can optimally design facility expansions.

Wall Stopper:
The team extensively analyzed and implemented Watt Stopper technology. Watt Stopper devices are energy-efficient technology located within every guestroom. It requires a guest to insert their room key into a card key switch in order to enable lighting circuits. Therefore it eliminates unnecessary power usage throughout all guestrooms.

Building Envelope:
  • Use of large overhangs
  • Use of glass to allow for more natural light
  • Use of north facing glass
  • Use of high efficiency glass


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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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