Stockman Hotel, Kamloops, British Columbia,Canada

Initially we were deeply involved in the negotiations for adequate space within the existing hotel and for control of access to the casino spaces and to those shared by the casino and the hotel. These included the underground parking, basement storage and back-up electrical generator.

We then undertook a detailed design which was presented and approved by the various levels of government. With the exterior the challenge was to design an entrance which fit with the existing hotel yet provided a distinct entrance for the casino. This was done by cutting into an existing rock wall on the hotel exterior.

For the 1,400 m2 (15,000 sq.ft.) interior we turned to the past. Kamloops has its historical roots as a cattle center which is reflected in the name of the hotel. We therefore chose the theme for the casino as that of a late 1800's Dance Hall.