The River Cree Resort and Casino expansion, Embers, adds over 25,000 square feet of new space for more gaming
action. Located on Enoch Cree Nation, over 400 slot machines,
14 table games, 2 restaurants, and a larger kitchen
were added to the resort and casino. Installation of a state-of the-art HVAC
system provides an opportunity for the new space to allow smoking and the
greater part of the River Cree to remain smoke free.
To keep tobacco smoke within the areas of origination and to minimize
the transfer of smoke to the surrounding spaces, the gaming environment was
constructed with sealed walls and a negatively pressurized environment. The air supply works with the natural
buoyancy of tobacco smoke to help push the smoke upward and fresh air is
circulated at the floor level. The smoke-filled air is not recycled into the
space, as it is expelled through the ceiling. This innovative functionality
keeps the air exceptionally clean.
“We worked closely with the River Cree team and the trade
contractors to execute this design-build in a compressed schedule of eight
months,” says Ben Wagemakers, manager, special projects. “It’s thanks to
everyone going ‘all in’ that we were able to get this done within a tight
In addition to the initial project scope, PCL added custom
walnut panels, back-lit stone feature walls, and a custom chandelier to meet
the River Cree’s vision for the new space. PCL also expanded the count room to
accommodate the increased business the resort and casino is anticipating with
the addition of Embers.