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Ontario Association of Architects

LOGO-GLASS.jpg (25722 bytes)     CASINOS
  GREAT  CANADIAN CASINO  COMPANY
    West Hawk Building, Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada 



Initially our work was to do a zoning check, report on the neighbourhood and an overview of the building's physical conditions. Like many cities, Nanaimo had seen its core deteriorate and the casino was seen as a way to get people and life into the downtown again. We did several design schemes based on how much of the existing commercial plaza could be taken over by the casino from existing tenants. Sophisticated computer models were used to convey the intended design.
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    CONCEPT - RESTAURANT
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    CONCEPT - CASHIER
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    CONCEPT - GAMING  FLOOR
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    COMPUTER  MODEL - DAY
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    COMPUTER  MODEL - NIGHT

In the end the casino occupies approximately 28,000 sq.ft. (2,600 m2) on three levels. The main level contains the Gaming Floor, restaurant, washrooms, public support spaces and the Back-of-House. The Lower Level contains storage and work rooms as well as the back-up electrical generator. The Upper Level contains the employee spaces.
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    MAIN  ENTRANCE
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    SECOND  ENTRANCE

The exterior design creates a new, progressive image for this casino and the company as a whole. The use of glass and metal is a little futuristic and upgrades the entire plaza.
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    ENTRANCE  LOOKING OUT
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    RECEPTION
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    COLUMN DETAIL
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    GAMING  FLOOR
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    PATTERN
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    SLOT  AISLE
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    RESTAURANT ENTRANCE
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    SLOTS  AT  RESTAURANT
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    CASHIER
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    SATELLITE
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    POKER ROOM
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    ELEVATOR  CARPET

The interior materials are themed around black ceilings with hot neon lights, brass and red accents at the Cashier and Restaurant, black slot machines and carpet patterns which indicate main circulation aisles. The washrooms are all black marble and chrome; including our washroom graphics below.
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    WASHROOM
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    WASHROOM GRAPHICS
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    EMPLOYEE  LOUNGE

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