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


Entry number: B09041
Project Name: Odawa Casino Resort
Building Type: Casino Resort
Completion Date: June 2007
Building Location: Petoskey, Michigan
Type of Construction: Type 1-A
Materials Used: Concrete and steel structure with glass curtaon wall and stucco
Building Area: 530,000 sf

Design Team:
Architecture Firm: Leo A. Daly
Architect of Record: Francis Dumont
Cannery Casino Resorts
Interior Designer: Leo A. Daly
Landscape Architect: O'Boyle Cowell Blalock & Assoc., Inc.
Structural Engineer: Leo A. Daly
Electrical Engineer: Leo A. Daly
Mechanical Engineer: Leo A. Daly
Civil Engineer: Rowe, Inc.
General Contractor: Clark Construction
Photographer: Dietrich Floeter Photographer

Statement of Design Approach:

The building site overlooks the historic resort town of Petoskey, Michigan. The tribe’s wanted the casino to reflect their pride in their culture. The four cardinal directions are very important in the tribe’s spiritual beliefs, so an important instruction the design team received was that the primary entrance face due east, towards the rising sun. The floor plan also honors these beliefs. The largest restaurant has panoramic views of Lake Michigan. The form of the Porte Cochere was inspired by an upside canoe, which was temporary shelter for tribal members when trading along the Great Lakes. An eternal fire structure near the entrance also symbolizes a campfire during those travels.

The centerpiece of Odawa Casino Resort is a magnificent gaming floor including 1,500 slot machines, 30 table games, VIP table games and slot area, and a poker room. Dining venues include Sage gourmet restaurant, a buffet restaurant, and a coffee café. At the hub of the gaming floor is the Rendezvous Bar where guests can relax with a specialty cocktail while viewing the action on the gaming floor. Entertainment venues include an attached entertainment facility that accommodates banquet seating for 500 or concert seating for 1,000. The exciting O Zone nightclub utilizes a state-of-the-art ceiling system consisting of light-emitting diode panels which pulsate with colors and graphics to the beat of the music. Substantial, convenient vehicle parking and an RV parking lot also are incorporated for guest convenience.

Sustainable Description:
The Odawa Casino Resort is the pride of the tribal community. Within walking distance to shopping areas, Odawa Casino Resort is a beautiful retreat that showcases the tribe’s culture as well as provides jobs and revenue to the tribe. The project was designed with care for the environment and respect for the tribe. The use of daylighting was implemented to reduce energy use and downlighting was used outside to preserve the night sky and the view of the Aurora Borealis, important elements in the tribe’s cultural beliefs. The resort even won an award for its preservation of the night sky. The site’s original soil was used for the cut and fill process, maintaining the integrity of the land and reducing the fossil fuels that would have been used to truck soil in and out of the site. Local vegetation was used and the resort was planned around mature plants existing on the site. The design called for local materials as well as local artisans to design parts of resort. A waste water treatment facility was also built on the site, allowing for the recycling of water back unto the land. The care and consideration taken to design this resort created a magnificent casino that not only has a small footprint on the environment but actually gives back to the land and the community that surrounds it.


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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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