The Commercial Appeal Names HBG Design a Top Workplace for Fifth Year in a Row

The Commercial Appeal has awarded HBG Design a 2019 Top Workplace Honor for the fifth year in a row. The Top Workplaces award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner, Energage, LLC.  The survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, values, execution and connection, just to name a few. “HBG is very intentional about promoting our core values across the organization,” said Terri Struminger, Chief Operating Officer of HBG Design. “We have a highly engaged team of talented professionals who inspire creativity and comradery in our daily experiences. The reward and acknowledgement of our strong workplace culture – especially for the fifth year in a row – is a compelling message to our team.”


HBG Design Continues to Rank Among Top Hospitality Design Firms in the Country

HBG Design Ranks Fifth in the Hotel Business Top Architects & Designers Survey. See complete list here.

Sycuan Casino Resort Featured in Global Gaming Business Casino Style Magazine

Caesars Southern Indiana's New $90 Million Casino Opens for Business

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ELIZABETH, Ind. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of people streamed into the new, $90 million land-based Caesars Southern Indiana casino on Thursday, saddling up to blackjack tables, slot machines and a Las Vegas-style sports betting theater.

The new facility replaces the Glory of Rome riverboat casino that operated as Horseshoe Southern Indiana for the past two decades.

Indiana lawmakers in 2015 allowed riverboat casinos to move on land.

"That really got us thinking, is there a better way to run a business than on a riverboat?" said Caesars Southern Indiana general manager Brad Seigel.

The 110,000 square-foot complex combines entertainment, dining, shopping and gaming on one floor, whereas the riverboat casino had four floors.

"The riverboat was great for 20 years, but if you are on the fourth level of the riverboat, you might have no idea what's going on on the second. Now can see from corner to corner," Seigel said.

Indiana legalized sports betting earlier this year. The casino has an area called The Book with wagering windows, kiosks, plush seats, huge TV screens and a large bar. Guests can bet on football, basketball, baseball and other sports.

A dining area called Piazza has five restaurants including pizza, Mexican and Asian foods. There is also a 24-hour restaurant for burgers and other fare along with a home-style restaurant serving foods like fried chicken and barbecue ribs.

Several new bars and lounges are included. Volt Lounge will offer craft cocktails and live entertainment on the weekends. The Juno Bar is in the center of the gaming floor, and the Laurel Lounge and its outdoor balcony is exclusively for Caesars Rewards VIPs.

Tony Rodio, CEO of Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corp., said Thursday that the bricks-and-mortar casino should attract even customers who don't gamble.

"There was no way anyone was going to that riverboat and spending an evening if they weren't interested in gambling. You could, I think, have an enjoyable evening here without making a wager," he said.

The casino also includes High Limits gaming with private parlors and a non-smoking gaming area.

Caesars Southern Indiana has also renovated existing meeting and convention spaces to accommodate larger groups.

Design of One Beale's second hotel approved

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By: Tom Bailey

December 5, 2019

The Design Review Board unanimously approved the proposed look of a second hotel for One Beale after hearing staff praise a plan that is "designed with authenticity and honors the heritage of the city."

The nine-story hotel was added to the $180 million, mixed-use project for which construction already has started on a 227-room Hyatt Centric hotel, 232 apartments and a 475-space parking structure.

But it was way HBG Design and developer Chance Carlisle and his Carlisle Development Corp. plan to preserve and use the historic facade of the industrial Ellis Building at 245 S. Front that drew compliments and a quick, positive vote from the board.

The bulk of the old machine shop, immediately south of the Hyatt Centric site, will be demolished. But the ornate, front facade will be preserved, bolstered and used as a border to a 17-foot-wide courtyard.

The courtyard will be sandwiched between the old wall and front of the boutique hotel.

The boutique hotel's second-floor meeting space will look out over the courtyard, "creating a unique space that will not only be a strong attribute to Front Street but also to guests and people using the space," Ellery Ammons told board members. She is development coordinator for the Downtown Memphis Commission.

In razing most of the old building, HBG Design principal Mark Weaver told the board, "We will try to harvest a lot of the timbers and reuse them in the lobby as a ceiling."

A board member asked Carlisle if he could reveal the name of the brand of the boutique hotel.

"We are itching to announce it," Carlisle responded. "... We are significantly down the way with a particular brand and I think everyone will be extremely happy with who they are and what they represent.

"We will make that announcement in the next month or two."

The boutique hotel will be brick. Asked what color, Weaver said dark gray is being considered. "We want it to stand out against that white face," he said, referring to the Ellis Building facade.

The old Ellis machine shop complex comprises six buildings, and Carlisle plans an adaptive re-use for four of them.

Design Review Board chairman Ray Brown, addressing Carlisle, said, "Once again, thank you for all you are doing and have done for Downtown. It's remarkable."

Carlisle has said his plan is to have the boutique hotel open by May 2021.

The Hyatt Centric is to open by December 2020 and the first apartments of The Landing Residences should be available to rent by spring 2021, he has said.

The Star Luxury Apartments Wins Gold at MHN Excellence Awards

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Multi-Housing News and Commercial Property Executive hosted a reception on Thursday evening to honor the winners of the 2019 MHN Excellence Awards and CPE Distinguished Achievement Awards. The event was held at 10 Grand Central in New York City.

Now in its 13th year, the MHN Excellence Awards covered properties and projects in 20 categories. Entries were evaluated by a panel of distinguished senior industry professionals:

  • Jamie Gorski, chief marketing officer, The Bozzuto Group
  • Julianne Goodfellow, senior director of Government Affairs, NMHC
  • Laurence Caudle, principal & director of Housing, Hickok Cole
  • Rebecca Rockey, global head of Forecasting, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Dave Deslow, managing director, Greystar


The Star Luxury Apartments in Houston. Image courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors

Gold: The Star Luxury Apartments

  • Owner/Developer: Kip Platt, Provident Realty Advisors
  • Builder: Provident Realty Advisors Construction
  • Architect: HBG Design
  • Broker/Sales/Leasing: Lincoln Property Co.
  • Financier: Bank of the Ozarks, Houston Housing Finance Corp.

Silver: The Bell Tower at Stanton Park

    • Owner/Developer: Morningstar Community Development
    • Builder: MCN Build
    • Architect: Cooper Carry
    • Broker/Sales/Leasing: Washington Fine Properties
    • Financier: Revere Bank

Sycuan Awarded Best Casino from 2019 Best of Downtown San Diego Awards

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SAN DIEGOOct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Sycuan Casino Resort announced today that the organization has been awarded Best Casino from the San Diego Community News Network's 2019 Best of Downtown San Diego Awards.

Each year, San Diego Downtown News releases the Best of Downtown San Diego issue, which puts a spotlight on those who are doing the very best in a variety of categories. Hundreds of nominations from local residents are submitted and tallied and the winners are announced.

"We are thrilled to be awarded Best Casino by the readers of San Diego Downtown News," said Dan Morales, vice president of marketing at Sycuan Casino Resort. "We are committed to creating exceptional experiences for our loyal guests by having the best cashback program in the region, an exclusive casino rewards program and the largest non-smoking casino in California."

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About Sycuan Casino Resort

Sycuan Casino Resort began as a humble Bingo Palace in 1983. Now more than 35 years later, it has become a community landmark and one of San Diego's premier casino and resort destinations. Sycuan recently completed a $260M expansion, which includes a 12-story luxury hotel tower with over 300 guest rooms and 57 suites. Guests can enjoy a wide range of onsite amenities including a variety of new restaurants from fast-casual to fine dining, meeting and event space, a full-service spa, fitness center and a state-of-the-art pool and gardens area with a lazy river and swim-up bar. Sycuan also boasts a newly expanded casino floor for a total of 2,800 slot machines and 54 table games in a variety of gaming options. Sycuan is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information visit or call 619-445-6002.

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Sycuan Casino Resort Receives AAA Four Diamond Rating

Recently Expanded Sycuan Resort Gets Coveted AAA ‘Four Diamond’ Rating

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Sycuan Casino Resort in Dehesa has been awarded the coveted Four Diamond rating from the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The award, announced Thursday, follows completion earlier this year of a $260 million expansion, which included a 12-story luxury hotel tower with over 300 guest rooms and 57 suites.

“The AAA rating system has set the standard in hospitality for several decades,” said John Dinius, general manager of the resort. “Receiving the AAA Four Diamond rating for our new hotel is an incredible honor and we are thrilled to be recognized for our artistic and detailed design, variety of new amenities and superior level of guest service.”

According to AAA, a Four Diamond rating indicates an establishment that is upscale in all areas. This includes signature décor and furniture, full-service restaurants, impressive architectural features, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.

“To reach the exceptional standards required for the AAA Four Diamond rating is an outstanding achievement,” said Patricia Marenco, the auto club’s supervisor of approved accommodations. “AAA Four Diamond establishments are attentive to guests needs and consistently deliver memorable travel experiences.”

There are 24 other Four Diamond hotels and resorts in San Diego County, including lodgings at the Barona, Pala and Viejas casinos.