Given their 24-hour operations and extensive reliance on power and plumbing, casinos are more commonly associated with greenbacks than green building design.

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Construction waste recycling for Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Ill., exceeded 89%. Nearly 60% of building materials were locally sourced
Photo Courtesy of John Rouse
Low-flow plumbing fixtures and sensor-controlled faucets reduce water usage throughout.

The LEED-Gold-certified Rivers Casino in Des Plains, Ill., is an exception. Construction waste recycling for the 20-acre project exceeded 89%, and nearly 60% of the building materials for the project were locally sourced.

LED lighting on three signature towers extends to a parking facility incorporating a reflective roof and "living" exterior walls. In addition to preferred parking for alternative-fuel vehicles, valet parking is available for electric cars.

Low-flow plumbing fixtures and sensor-controlled faucets reduce water usage throughout.

Rivers Casino, Des Plaines, Ill. Key Players

Owner: Development Management Assoc., Chicago

General Contractor: Pepper Construction Co., Tinley Park, Ill.

Architect: Klai Juba Architects, Las Vegas

Structural Engineer: Clark Engineering, Minneapolis

MEP Engineer: RHR Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas


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