Route 66 Casino | Envy Nightlife

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Project Objectives

Route 66 wanted to create an exciting and highly memorable nightclub experience for their casino and hotel patrons while also providing a regional destination point to draw new customers to the property.

Lounge Design - Envy Nightlife dance floor design, by I-5 Design.

Design & Planning

Drawing from the automotive theme of the Route 66 casino and hotel, the bold décor, complex lighting, custom architectural features, and high-end reflective finish elements work together in this one-of-a-kind concept to create a unique destination venue for the location.

The exterior of the nightclub featured large dimensional oval elements offset from entrance walls and back-lit by dynamic, programmable color-changing LED lighting. This creates an exciting and dramatic display of color and shadows and draws and holds the attention of guests at this exciting venue.

Coordinating closely with Route 66’s architect, I-5 designed a massive multi-dimensional oval lighting structure that is suspended overhead and dominates 1,250 square feet (25′ x 50′) of the ceiling above the central dance area. This unique décor feature contains a complete array of fully programmable, color-changing LED fixtures that can be controlled from the DJ booth to provide a stunning backdrop for music and dancing, or preset programs can be run displaying either video or patterns of color. Custom curving soffits with specialty chain curtains were fabricated and pre-assembled prior to final installation around the perimeter of the club. Programmable LED lighting systems were integrated into these décor components and reflect off of the custom reflective finishes.

Build & Install

All of the custom lighting, décor structures, and premium finishes were fabricated off-site. Construction of the new space also included programming the lighting effects and integrating the control systems. This allowed for the most efficient onsite implementation while providing the highest quality possible for the finished décor.

As fabrication was underway, the design and installation teams collaborated closely so the best solutions and the greatest visual impact could be achieved for the 5000 sf oval ceiling element. Custom video-capable LED lighting was integrated into this focal element to continually bathe the area with constantly changing patterns of light and shadow. Along with the other specialized décor components, this one-of-a-kind element was pre-assembled at the I-5 facility in order to ensure the smoothest onsite installation and the opportunity to perform a final system test. Once the décor and lighting systems were complete, they were loaded for shipment to the job site.

As the decor elements arrived on-site, I-5’s project coordinator and installation, teams worked around the clock to get the décor installed within the empty shell. During décor installation I-5 crews worked to assist the contractor to complete final finish details in the space so the space created the greatest impact and aligned perfectly with the design intent. As the installation was underway, daily safety meetings ensured each member of the team was focused on the most important objective of any I-5 installation. This maintained a safe environment for the job site and any guests. As the décor installation was complete, Route 66 opened the venue for business.

Lounge Design - Envy Nightlife new bar area, design manufacture and installation by I-5 Design.

Finished Project

The ENVY Nightlife venue at Route 66 Casino has provided the property with an additional draw for new customers from the Albuquerque area who are looking for a great night out. The unique design, with its custom lighting and high-end finishes, allows for the flexibility of equally showcasing the talents of a top name DJ or a Salsa Band to entertain guests at the property.

Route 66 Casino has worked with I-5 Design on several memorable amenities, which include: Buffet 66, Thunder Road Steakhouse and Cantina, as well as the 360 Bar located in the center of the gaming floor.

Each of these destination level amenities has been designed and the custom décor package provided by I-5. Close coordination and planning with the tribe’s project management, architect, and general contractor has created the best impact possible for each project while ensuring the most efficient time frames possible.