Rivers Casino, Des Plaines, Illinois

HACIA Green Corner

Submitted By:
Development Management Associates, LLC

Project Name:

Rivers Casino, Des Plaines, Illinois
Pursuing LEED Gold Certification for NC

Project Client:
Midwest Gaming and Entertainment


On behalf of owner Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, Development Management Associates, LLC (DMA) managed the casino development from start to finish, including: design, construction, accounting, and LEED certification.
The 137,000 sf casino complex will be the world’s first LEED Certified casino, targeting Gold status. Rivers Casino includes a 43,000 sf smoke-free gaming floor with 1,050 slots and 48 table games, a host of exciting lounge and dining venues, and a multi-level outdoor patio.
Green features include:

  • The project utilizes heat wheels to recapture otherwise wasted heat, contributing to an energy savings of 27%
  • Landscape design with native and drought-resistant plantings
  • Low flow fixtures reduce water consumption by 40%
  • Skylights provide natural light to gaming and dining areas
  • Living green walls inside and out
  • Use of high albedo roof membrane aid in reducing the heat island effect
  • 35,330 tons (90%) of construction waste was diverted from landfill
  • A purchase of Green Power offsets 70% of energy consumption
  • A 5-level parking deck that was built with locally produced precast recycledconcrete and steel
  • LED lighting throughout the parking deck reduces energy consumption by 40%
  • Intelligent parking system uses overhead LED lights to signal taken and openspaces
  • The Casino offers free valet parking for low emissions and fuel efficient vehicles
  • Car charging stations for EV cars are provided through the valet service


These features not only minimize resources use, but also create a comfortable environment for patrons. As a result, Midwest Gaming has created a casino unlike any other.

Please contact Jason Westrope at DMA for more information on the green features of the casino.