• Location
    Des Plaines, IL
  • LEED Rating Gold
  • Awards
    IPI Awards of Excellence, Category II, Award of Merit, 2013
    ENR Midwest, Award of Merit, Best Green Building Project, 2012
    Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards, Special Achievement of the Year, 2012
  • Owner
    Midwest Gaming & Entertainment
  • Architect
    Klai Juba Wald Architects
  • Completed

Midwest Gaming’s new 600,000 sq. ft. casino in Des Plaines, Illinois is the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) Gold Certified casino in the world. The $445 million casino and entertainment complex consists of 50,000 sq. ft. of gaming floor 100,000 sq. ft. of back-of-the-house operations and a 450,000 sq. ft. parking structure.

The casino floor and operation areas, as well as a multitude of food and beverage venues, are served by a variety of custom rooftop units equipped with direct expansion refrigeration and energy recovery wheels. Rooftop units also have the ability to convert to a central chilled water system in the future. Kitchens are served by make-up air units using evaporator coolers to moderate summer fresh air. Data Aire computer room units condition highly sensitive spaces even in low outdoor temperatures through crankcase and belly heaters. Radiant heaters tied to motion sensors serve exterior spaces and activate on ambient temperature and movement.

dbHMS Commissioning activities included the emergency power systems vital for the 24/7/365 building. These consisted of a 2500 KVa generator, automatic transfer switches, and uninterrupted power systems with both battery and flywheel energy storage. The emergency power system serves emergency lighting, security and power to the gaming floor. Garage lighting is state-of-the-art LED lighting with ultrasonic and infrared occupancy sensors.

dbHMS Enhanced Commissioning of the project began in design development and continued through one year of building operation.  Our ongoing analysis of the systems has resulted in the correction of hundreds and issues and in re-writing of equipment sequences for a more efficient operation and better indoor environment.  dbHMS works with the building operators from training forward to ensure comprehension of all building systems.