DMA had led the development of three casinos for this client group. With Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the client sought an added level of expertise—managing the effort to achieve LEED certification. Shortly after Rivers Casino opened in July 2011, it became the world’s first LEED Gold certified casino.
DMA integrated LEED efforts into the development process, streamlining decision-making and ensuring that owner priorities were met. We focused on earning LEED credits that offered high client payback. Innovative heat wheel recovery units warm incoming fresh air. A fully LED-illuminated, five-level parking garage—the first of its scale in the country—cuts energy costs by 40%. Efficient plumbing fixtures save 920,000 gallons of water a year. Skylights and green walls create distinctive ambiance.
All elements of the 21-acre site and structure are certified LEED NC Gold. With 1,300 gaming positions and eight restaurant/lounge options, Rivers Casino has been ranked as the highest-performing casino in Illinois and among the most profitable in the nation.
Infographic: How Rivers Casino Turned Green Ideas Into LEED Certified Gold