JCJ Architecture has completed the first phase of the $510m Resorts World Casino entertainment centre in Queens, New York, US.
Malaysia-based Genting Group is developing the project, which will offer gaming, including 5,000 video lottery and electronic table games, as well as dining and entertainment options.
US-based contractor Tutor Perini served as construction manager for the three-storey, 1,086,000ft² complex, which required redevelopment and improvements on its 64 acre site, renovation of existing facilities and 736,000ft² of new construction.
JCJ Architecture president Peter Stevens said: "Working with Genting, we have transformed an ageing landmark into a vibrant and energetic entertainment destination."
Located within the Aqueduct Racetrack complex, the first floor of the complex houses the Times Square Casino, which features interactive digital billboards, streaming video displays presenting music videos and sporting events and a multi-level entertainment venue, featuring the video screen.
The second floor, which has been designed to offer views of the first-floor entertainment, as well as a 60ft crystal chandelier with 193 hand-blown glass balls of the facility, houses another casino offering gaming, along with dining and a wine bar.
The third floor of the complex features a 70,000ft² event space, which includes a central performance area for events and can be segmented for smaller gatherings.
While designing the facility, the architects adopted flexible design elements to accommodate future modifications. They also preserved the building’s existing structural integrity by incorporating its columns into the overall geometry of the structure.
JCJ Architecture design principal Brian Davis said: "Embodying Genting’s design philosophy, we abandoned traditional, windowless casino notions and reinvented a brighter aesthetic that is more vibrant and uplifting."
Other designs of the facility include a climate-controlled bridge to the Aqueduct A train subway station, providing direct access to Manhattan and the AirTrain transit system to nearby John F Kennedy International Airport.
The facility also includes a five-level, 2,365-space parking garage with bus drop-off area. Whilst proposed future phases at Resorts World include a multi-million aqure foot convention centre and a hotel.
Image: The three level Resorts World Casino houses casinos, five-level, 2,365-space parking garage, 5,000 video lottery terminals and electronic table games. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.