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Breaking Ground with a Big Dig!
Land-Based Casino Underway at Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

There was a crowd on hand for the Big Dig at Isle Casino Hotel® Bettendorf as Isle’s President and Chief Executive Officer Virginia McDowell took the controls of a backhoe to officially begin the process of moving its casino from a riverboat to land. Guests and employees alike are looking forward to the day that they can visit the fabulous new facility.

The overall design by Hnadek Bobo Group takes many cues from the Iowa landscape, as well as, manufacturing industries located in Iowa. According to Isle’s President and CEO Virginia McDowell, “From a custom designed lighting system over the table games area that was inspired by a series of interlocking tractor tire treads to elements that represent an aerial view of the Midwestern plains, the property will celebrate the Hawkeye state. The new high limit area on the casino floor was inspired by an old but grand Iowa barn at sunset – using rich, weathered, textured woods against jewel tones of reds, purples and golds.”

Amenities at the new land-based casino will include a Farmer’s Pick Buffet® adjacent to the casino floor; an O&H Express® for grab n’ go diners; The Lone Wolf® bar with a stage for entertainment; as well as a consolidated hotel check-in lobby and additional back of house features.

Expected to cost approximately $55-60 million, the new land-based casino will become the heart of the property with easy access between the gaming floor, hotel towers and lobby. Kraus-Anderson Construction Company will serve as the general contractor and expects construction to be complete in 12-14 months.

Adding this jewel to more than 300,000 square feet of hotel space, 90,000 square foot Isle Center, and 54,000 square foot Waterfront Center, Isle’s Bettendorf property will include well over a half million square feet of development. And those numbers don’t include the 240,000 square foot structured parking garage to protect customers in times of inclement weather.
Rendering of Front Door

The new entry will provide a grand sense of arrival and will serve as the new front door to Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf. By consolidating the valet functions into one easily accessible drive, guests can step out of their cars and trucks, and literally be steps from setting foot on the most exciting gaming floor.
Hotel Lobby

By consolidating the existing hotel front desks into one centrally located lobby between the two towers, there will be no confusion with hotel check-ins. The lobby was designed with finishes, textures, and colors that are used throughout the entire property, in order to visually tie the property together. The use of wood, natural and curving wall textures, relate back to the Iowa landscape.
Gaming Floor

The gaming floor will be a single level as guests prefer. The idea of manufacturing, production, machinery, and farming influenced a lot of the patterns found in the space. The ceiling design is meant to represent an aerial view of the Midwestern plains. The concept behind the pit canopy design was a series of interlocking tractor tire treads which are meant to reference back to Iowa's history and present day involvement in the farming and agricultural industries.

The Lone Wolf bar incorporates rough textures, paired with slicker finishes to satisfy and appeal to younger crowds and professionals attending business conventions on site.

The inspiration in the high limits area was a view of an old, but grand, Iowa barn at sunset - using rich, weathered, textured woods against jewel tones of reds, purples, and golds.


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