Little Creek Casino Expanded Gaming

After closing their buffet operation, Little Creek Casino struggled to find a good solution to utilize the old food and beverage space. Working with I-5, a plan was created to dramatically convert the space into a featured gaming destination for guests and a new revenue generator for the casino. The entire project was completed onsite in just 8 weeks, and both the casino and the Tribe have reported excellent results.



Location: Shelton, Washington
Duration: 8 Weeks
Project Size: 7,500 sf
Services: Design Build Remodel

Project Approach

Modern Design, Rich Cultural Imagery

Integrating specific cultural elements into the design of the new space was a high-priority goal for the Tribe. Bespoke imagery, artwork, and iconography inspired by the Tribe’s greater Salish culture were woven throughout the new physical and digital design features of the resort. Vibrant blue color palettes pay homage to the Tribe’s coastal heritage while also creating excitement and flow throughout the overall design.


A central ceiling chandelier provides a strong visual statement and features rich totem pole style iconography complete with salmon, bear, fish, and other animal life from the local landscape and lore. Meanwhile, LED video ribbons wind their way around the perimeter of the space, achieving a modern, high-tech wow factor. Custom video content featuring more native animal renderings and animations further brings the casino to life, while simultaneously capturing the culture and history of the Tribe.

75% of Construction Achieved Offsite

In order to achieve the Tribe's aggressive schedule, approximately 75% of the project was constructed offsite, in parallel with the demolition and re-routing of infrastructure in the space. Not only did this strategy accelerate the timeline, but it also meant that even though the area under construction was adjacent to a busy gaming floor, the construction never impacted casino guests or ongoing gaming operations in any way. Instead, Little Creek continued to generate consistent revenues throughout the entire construction process.

Buffet Transformation in 8 weeks

Little Creek’s former buffet was fully transformed from a closed-off area no longer producing cash flow, into a new revenue generator and exciting entertainment area for guests. Leveraging a design-build approach was key to helping infuse the Tribe’s cultural symbolism throughout the resort, and is part of what allowed this comprehensive renovation to be completed in just 8 weeks. The Tribe is thrilled with the redesigned space and the new revenues it has generated for the property.

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