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Border Grille

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3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Las Vegas, NV
Completed: 1999
Contractors: Plumbing Engineer: Petty Engineering
Structural Engineer: Mendenhall Smith
Electrical Engineer: JBA Consulting Engineers
Architectural Elements: Border Grill is moving to be more organic and less processed preservative foods. The owners desired for their new restaurant to express this change in philosophy. In keeping with this idea, the design uses materials that can be left untreated; rammed earth walls, rough sawn lumber and weathered steel. Existing mechanical systems remain, while day lighting is brought into the dining and bar through existing windows.
Description: Transformation of an existing restaurant to an expression of their connection with manmade cultural heritage.

Keeping with the restaurant's graphic expression the design incorporates materials to express and connect to the cultural patterning and manmade artistic values. Rammed earth, rough sawn lumber and weathered steel form the connection to natural materials. The graphics are enlivened through a vibrant color pattern.

The entire existing facade will be removed to allow the new design to be extremely open. This will create a visual connection to the patio and natural daylight beyond. The dining area has become more intimate through a lowering of the ceiling with the suspended wood beams. The overall restaurant has been opened to the hotel. Privacy in the dining area is maintained through the wood beam wall. The rammed earth walls become a signature element to draw patrons into the restaurant.
Extra Note: AIA Nevada Design Awards (2007) Entry No. UB07013, Submission.
UNLV Architecture Studies Library holds: Form Core Boards, Project Identification Form, Photo Release Form, Intern Compensation Disclaimer Form, Project Entry Form, Exteriors Photos, Site Plan, Floor Plans, Interior Photos and CD

“Project Types: Restaurants, ‘Blue Blanc Rouge’ at Mandalay Bay.” Klai Juba Architects. 2005. [Online]. Available: Accessed June 29, 2005.

Strain, Eric. "Fw: assemblageSTUDIO 1st hospitality project is now open." Email to Jeanne Brown. 18 September 2008.
Spatially Direct Parent: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Spatially Largest Parent: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino