Seven Clans Casino

Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Project Objectives

The Red Lake Tribe wanted to update their gaming floor and restaurant to better reflect the tribe's culture and local Minnesota surroundings. The casino gaming floor was to represent the warm lodge style of the area, while the restaurant was to be transformed into a vintage "Malt Shop" theme with a unique modern influence.

Casino Design - Seven Clans Casino gaming floor design, by I-5 Design.

Design & Planning

A lodge-style theme was developed for the gaming floor, using a color palette of terra cotta and midnight sky blue, which were then instilled into the decor elements. Using 21st century technology, the original '50s-style design for the Malt Shop was preserved and revitalized.

Gaming Floor:

A massive, internally illuminated octagonal ceiling feature set in a medallion, custom internally illuminated mica chandeliers, two-toned birch tree mural bands with stained wood trim and accent lighting, rustic river rock columns, and wood grain wall coverings, directional and area signage

Triple Sevens Malt Shop:

Vintage car bodies converted into signature sofas, a vintage jukebox and “gas can” gumball machine, custom printed and framed artwork and menu boards, retro upholstery with polished chrome accents, a new curved front counter with specialty wood and metal facing, two-toned checkered flooring


Build & Install

I-5 performed the transformation in phases, to make certain there was little interruption to the casino’s operations.

Many of the specialty décor, lighting and signage elements were prefabricated in I-5’s production facility. Collaboration among the project manager, shop foreman, and install supervisor ensured that each phase was transitioned with ease. The manufacture phase was complete in just under a month, and the elements were shipped on-site to be implemented throughout the space.

The existing location had a very dated look with white walls, faded carpet and bright white lighting and lacked warmth and efficiency. As the new casino design plan was executed and the decor elements installed, the casino started to become the welcoming destination that the Red Lake Tribe had envisioned. Each phase included a complete transformation of the walls, ceilings, columns, lighting, HVAC and electrical modifications, along with specialty décor elements.