Rivers Casino is projected to be the country’s first LEED certified casino designed and built with environmentally friendly materials and processes.
Owner: Midwest Gaming and Entertainment, LLC
Development Manager: Development Management Associates, LLC
Architect: Klai Juba General
Contractor: Pepper Construction
- HVAC system upgrades are intended to provide 16% energy savings, more fresh air supply above a standard design and more comfort for occupants for this building which operates 24 hours a day.
- HVAC units will include 100 percent air-side economizer sections for free cooling when outdoor ambient conditions allow. Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) strategies are employed to operate HVAC systems more efficiently in intermittently used spaces.
- Systems commissioning is provided to realize operational savings planned in the design. Measurement and verification methods are planned to confirm and assure continued efficient operation of building systems.
- LED light fixtures in the parking garage and other areas throughout the Casino building save on energy usage as well as maintenance costs.
- Skylights and Clerestory windows add natural light for occupants comfort and save on lighting costs.
- Low flow plumbing fixtures and sensor controlled faucets reduce water usage by 40%.
- Uses Paint and Adhesive materials with low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) providing a healthier environment for workers and future inhabitants.
- Casino operations include a single stream recycling plan reducing the amount of waste delivered to landfills.
- Interior living green walls provide better air quality and comfort for occupants.
- Occupant sensor controlled lighting provides lighting when needed and saves energy use at other times.
- Electric car charging stations are provided at valet parking for facility and customer use.
- The project is a Brownfield redevelopment rehabilitated a damaged site and reducing pressure on undeveloped land and used existing infrastructure.
- The project managed site water runoff with a Surface Water Intake Protection Program (SWIPP) program during construction to prevent runoff damage to adjoining areas.
- Installation of concrete drives, landscaping, a multi-level parking structure and white roof reduce the urban heat island effect.
- The site is close to public transportation to promote efficient travel – it adjoins two Pace bus lines and is within 1 mile of both METRA and CTA rail stations.
- Bike racks are provided for workers and customers and preferred parking is provided for alternate fuel vehicles
- Landscaping is largely native and drought tolerant plant species thus eliminating the need for irrigation