Steelhead Lounge Design

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The lounge design for Seven Feathers Steelhead Lounge drew from the local area and natural surroundings also building on the established design direction from their new hotel areas. Wanting to make the lounge the entertainment destination of choice for the region, I-5 infused the “Wow” lighting and decor elements with a warm and inviting color palette.  Included in the design phase I-5 performed a 3D architectural laser scan of the existing interior to create accurate digital model. This information was used to create highly accurate rendered views of the design concepts and shown with accurate finishes and lighting. Check back next week for details on the manufacture phase.

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Environmentally Friendly LED Lighting

At I-5 we take care to select our vendors and materials, and we look at much more than just price. When it comes to lighting we know our clients care about environmental impact and maintenance, these factors are important to us too. That’s why we use LED low energy-usage bulbs. They save money in utility bills, require less maintenance and reduce a properties environmental impact. As of 2011, an Energy Star-qualified LED bulb has an average operating cost of $1 per year. That compares to annual costs of $1.20 for an Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent bulb, $3.50 for a halogen incandescent bulb and $4.80 for a traditional incandescent bulb. In addition, an Energy Star-qualified LED bulb’s longer life — ranging from a minimum of 15 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb to a maximum of 25 times longer — means there is much lower turnover of bulbs in the facility.

Not only are LED bulbs environmentally friendly but they give our clients a wide variety of options for their designs. The way the lights are incorporated creates that high impact “WOW” factor for the facilities designed and remodeled by I-5 Design. Check out some of our casino designs, restaurant designs and bar and lounge designs.

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NEW Project Page | Cache Buffet Design & Remodel

Buffet Design - Cache Buffet after I-5 remodeled.

Phase 2 of the 4 Bears Casino remodel project is complete. Phase 2 focused on all of the non-gaming resort areas; the hotel lobby, customer corridors and hallways, gift shop, 24 hour corner café, Cache Buffet, Conference rooms, and building out a new executive board room. I-5’s onsite project superintendent coordinated our team of nationwide subcontractors so that all of the onsite demolition, painting, and MEP adjustments would be completed to plan. The scope of work performed by I-5 Design for Phase 2 was approximately 45,000 sq. ft. of non-gaming amenities. This remodel was completed on-site in just 12 weeks. Visit the Buffet Design & Remodel project page for all the details.

To see Phase (1) of the 4 Bears Casino remodel click here – 4 Bears Casino Remodel 

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NIGA Show | I-5 Design Booth #1813

Lounge Design - Nighthawk Lounge after design. was implemented.

Stop by our booth at the NIGA show in San Diego next week (April 1-2). We are booth #1813, at the front of the show floor, to your right when you walk in the main entrance. We will be available to go over information from our projects which have created excellent impact and return for the casinos and tribes, and also best possible plans/solutions for any projects you may be considering. To see some of our finished projects visit the Casino Design portfolio.

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4 Bears Casino Design & Remodel Phase 2

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Phase 2 of 4 Bears Casino included the demolition of the existing floor plan for the Hotel Lobby, Cache Buffet, MHA Conference Rooms, Gift Shop, Corner Cafe, and the Executive Board Room and the installation of the new design plan. I-5’s remodel crew painted the interior walls and installed new custom carpet and tile flooring in all the areas as well as installed the custom decor elements of the design. All of the custom decor was pre-fabricated in-shop at I-5’s manufacture facility in Lacey Washington and shipped to meet the on-site crew for a seamless installation and remodel. Check out the new gaming floor on the 4 Bears Casino project page.

See more projects like this on the Casino Design Portfolio.

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Grey Rock Casino | New Casino Construction


After almost two years of planning and construction, Grey Rock Casino is now completed. The facility was designed to be an entertainment destination for the region and is unparalleled in eastern Canada. During construction all of the custom ‘Acadian’ inspired décor was fabricated off-site and then brought to the job site for installation. The installation was completed in just 7 days by I-5’s installation crews, shaving valuable days off of the schedule. From the custom designed wall murals to the 17′ wide chandeliers, custom mulit-tiered valance at the perimeter of the gaming floor, and custom directional signage, each element contributes to the high-impact environment. 

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Native Nation Events

Are you attending the Tribal Casino and Hotel Development Conference (Native Nation Events) February 15th and 16th in Las Vegas? You’re invited to an informative panel we’re speaking on titled: “Old School or Outdated? When is it time for a Casino Makeover”. The panel is on Monday, February 16th at 3:00pm-4:00pm. Also feel free to contact us any time if you have questions about your own property goals or any ways we can help.

Below are examples of transformations that have been done very quickly and without unnecessary downtime, protecting casino revenues throughout the project and delivering excellent return on investment. With the attached projects, these casinos achieved the following:

Little Creek Casino, WA: 20,000 sf Main gaming floor transformation in 6 weeks on site.
Creek Nation Muscogee, OK: 30,000 sf Gaming floor and F&B transformation in 8 weeks on site.
Leelenau Sands, MI: 30,000 sf Gaming floor and F&B transformation in 7 weeks on site.
Isleta Casino, NM: 60,000 sf Gaming floor transformation in 8 weeks on site.
– Quil Ceda Casino QZone, WA: Transformation of existing space into Lounge / Nightclub venue in 2 weeks on site.
Coeur d’Alene Casino, ID: 104-seat Lounge and 318-seat Buffet transformations occurring simultaneously within 7 weeks on site.
Four Bears Casino, ND: 15,000 sf Gaming floor transformation & new center bar in 5 weeks on site.

The tribes, casino staff, and their customers have been extremely pleased with how their projects have gone, and we’ve received excellent reports from our clients about the overall project, and the resulting positive financials.

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New Grey Rock Casino Gaming Floor

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The new 15,000 square foot gaming space at Grey Rock Casino is complete. I-5 created a casino design, build and install plan for the casino located in New Brunswick, Canada that infused modern and tribal elements to create a themed design that would include the gaming areas as well as the food and beverage stations. The installation was completed in just 7 days on-site by I-5’s installation crews. All of the custom decor elements were fabricated off-site and planned simultaneously at I-5’s facility in Lacey Washington, to allow for the highly expedited installation schedule. The chandeliers you see in the designs and installation photos above are approximately 17′ across at the top and make quite a statement for the gaming floor. With this custom design and the fabricated decor elements I-5 created a gaming environment that is unparalleled for the region. Check back for the complete project page.

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