Graham Downes Architecture inc. (San Diego), a firm with an extensive portfolio in hotels, retail spaces and urban mixed-use projects, said it has landed a commission for a major renovation program for the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The firm said the scope of the estimated $20 million project will include renovation of the hotel entrance, exterior façade, lobby, and pool area in phases, with an anticipated completion of Spring 2013.
Riviera Hotel and Casino
| The Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.|
“It is an honor to oversee a project of this magnitude and historical importance in Las Vegas,” said Graham Downes, Principal of Graham Downes Architecture. “We are excited to bring the glitz and glamour of an iconic era back to The Riviera Hotel.”
First opened in 1955, the Riviera made history as the first high-rise on the Las Vegas Strip, according to the Downes Architecture announcement on the commission. The hotel includes a 23-story tower that houses 2,100 rooms, and the casino encompasses 270,000 square feet of gaming, meeting and event space.
“We embrace the history of the hotel, and want to carefully preserve the soul of this illustrious Las Vegas landmark with respect to its spirit and legacy,” Downes said. “The vibrant redesign will bring The Riviera back to life, honoring its homage to its storied past while injecting contemporary style that will carry it strongly into the future.”
Downes is the lead designer and principal in charge for the firm on the project with Marianne Berg serving as project manager and Victor Navarro as project designer.
Founded in 1994 by Downes, Graham Downes Architecture said it specializes in innovative solutions for retail, hospitality, entertainment, and urban mixed-use projects.
More information: www.grahamdownesarchitecture.com.