March 7, 2017
Visitors to the new Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York can now indulge in a variety of beauty and relaxation services at Splash Spa, offering massages, facials, manicures, and more. Local officials gathered to celebrate the spa’s official opening, about one month after Rivers Casino opened its doors to guests. Spa visitors were treated to free champagne and mini-massages. The new spa was a late addition to the casino’s offerings. DMA expedited its design and construction with Norwood LeChase’s construction team. The spa complements the entertainment and dining options available at Rivers, including some 1,150 slots and 67 gaming tables. DMA worked onsite in Schenectady throughout the casino’s construction and continues to be involved with work on an attached 165-room hotel, scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.
February 8, 2017
The opening of Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, New York was “all good news” for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who praised the project and its economic benefits for the area at Wednesday’s public opening. Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and Rush Street Gaming’s Neil Bluhm also spoke about the positive transformation of the Mohawk Harbor site and the collaborative efforts that made it possible. Hundreds of interested visitors gathered to be among the first admitted to the $330 million entertainment facility, which opened almost exactly one year after the initial groundbreaking.
DMA team members Adrian Hogg, Glenn Bedford, and Ronnie Schermerhorn worked onsite in Schenectady throughout the construction process, completed ahead of schedule. They celebrated the milestone at a soft opening earlier this week, including owners, DMA staff, architects, contractors, designers, and others who contributed to the project. DMA will continue to be involved with work on an attached 165-room hotel.
January 11, 2017
A panel of experienced owner’s representatives, including DMA’s Charles Porter, shared their perspectives on successful strategies for winning project opportunities at the January 11 program for SMPS Chicago, the Society for Marketing Professional Services. Melissa Heiter, of ICON Venue Group, moderated the discussion, which also featured panelists Tina Millan of WSP | PB, Mike O’Keefe of Navigant, and Meredith O’Connor of JLL.
Because owner’s representatives typically guide the process of selecting architects, engineers, and contractors for commercial real estate projects, the SMPS program drew high interest from marketing and business development professionals in design and construction. Panelists addressed questions about the qualities of winning RFQ and RFP responses, the role of fees and interviews, and the use of collateral materials and social media. O’Connor described social media as an important expression of a company’s brand. Porter noted he uses Twitter and LinkedIn to share and find information of professional interest and is currently posting pictures of progress on Chicago’s new flagship Apple store, designed by Sir Norman Foster and located directly across Michigan Avenue from DMA’s offices in the Wrigley Building.