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."

For more information about Club Sycuan's member rewards and benefits, please visit www.sycuan.com/club-sycuan.

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 www.sycuan.com 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

See original article in Times of San Diego

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.


The Star at Historic Texaco Wins Silver Aurora for Best Rehabilitation Project

The Star Luxury Apartments at the Historic Texaco Building in downtown Houston was honored with a Silver Aurora Award for "Best Rehabilitation Project" in the 2019 competition.


HBG Design Named in Top 5 Hotel Architecture Firms by BD+C Magazine

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Four Winds South Bend Expansion to Feature 23-Story Hotel Tower

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Four Winds South Bend is undergoing an expansion that will feature a 23-story hotel tower, the Pokagon Gaming Authority announced Wednesday.

"There will also be a spa, convention area, meeting space, a ballroom, lounge, bar & grille, an outdoor roof-top swimming pool, and terraces with spectacular views," the gaming authority revealed.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday morning, and construction is expected to take approximately 24 months.

Mark Peterson was at Four Winds South Bend for the announcement, and he'll have a full report beginning on 16 News Now at 4.

From the Pokagon Gaming Authority:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — September 11, 2019 — The Pokagon Gaming Authority, which oversees the management and operations of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' gaming enterprise, is pleased to announce the expansion of its fourth and most recent property, Four Winds® Casino South Bend. The details of the expansion were highlighted today during a press conference at the property, with members of the Pokagon Gaming Authority and Tribal Council, Pokagon Elders Council, Pokagon Citizens and Four Winds Casinos management also taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony.

The expansion of Four Winds South Bend will feature a 23-story hotel tower with 317 rooms, including 83 suites. There will also be a spa, convention area, meeting space, a ballroom, lounge, bar & grille, an outdoor roof-top swimming pool, and terraces with spectacular views. Construction will take approximately 24 months.

"We've been very pleased with the response from the community and the performance of Four Winds South Bend since it opened in January 2018. The expansion will bring to life a variety of exciting features and amenities we envisioned during our original planning process," said Matthew Wesaw, Tribal Council Chairman and President of the Pokagon Gaming Authority. "Not only is this expansion an important milestone for all Pokagon Citizens, but it also demonstrates our ongoing economic commitment to support the South Bend community including the creation of more than 400 temporary constructions jobs and approximately 100 permanent new jobs to support our ongoing operations."

"For the past twelve years, the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos have established a standard for excellence, not only in the Midwest, but also nationally. Our casino resorts have consistently been ranked among the best in the country, and we believe these enhancements will make Four Winds South Bend unrivaled in the State of Indiana," said Frank Freedman, COO of Four Winds Casinos. "From the design, use of materials and the finish work, Four Winds South Bend will offer a premium resort-style feel and amenities you'll find at top resorts in the country."

Four Winds South Bend currently has 140,000 square feet of gaming space and includes more than 1,400 games, four restaurants, a players lounge, a coffee shop, three bars, a retail outlet, and approximately 4,500 parking spaces including an enclosed parking structure.

Partners supporting the Pokagon Band and Four Winds Casinos in the expansion of Four Winds South Bend include architect, HBG Design of Memphis, Tenn.


HBG Design's Katie Toth Talks about the Value of IIDA

IIDA SoCal Newsletter

The Value of IIDA

Katie is President-Elect of the IIDA SoCal Chapter

When I first moved back to San Diego after having graduated college seven years earlier, I was anxious about being back. Most of my friends from college had since left, and I was making the switch from residential to commercial and hospitality design.

I was in the midst of taking my NCIDQ exams, studying hard for the IDPX. I noticed a flier in the break room at work for an NCIDQ study group, and I decided to go. Not only was the study group the extra boost I needed to stay on track with studying, I became friends with the co-chairs of Professional Development who were leading the group. I passed my exam and at the same time had inadvertently started building my San Diego network.

A couple of months later I joined the ranks of the IIDA San Diego City Center as co-chair of Professional Development. Since then, I held my own Study Group session on behalf of the San Diego City Center, passed the Practicum, and spent two years as the co-chair of Advocacy. In July, I assumed the role of President-Elect for the Southern California Chapter.

Through my experience with IIDA, not only have I gained a wealth of knowledge about the commercial and hospitality design industry, I have established a solid network of like-minded interior designers and industry members – some of whom are great friends. Through these leadership positions, I have developed skills and tactics to assist me in client meetings and large team-based projects.

My membership in IIDA has proven to be a worthy investment. And it is important to remember that it is just that: an investment – in yourself and in your career. And I strongly believe that you get out of it nothing less than what you put into it.

The mission of IIDA is to provide meaningful resources to commercial designers and their clients in order to advance the profession and business value. And that is exactly what IIDA has done for me.

Katie Toth, IIDA, LEED Green Associate
President-Elect, IIDA Southern California
katie.toth@iida-socal.org


One Beale Breaks Ground

Special ground is broken for One Beale

See article in The Daily Memphian

Dignitaries on Tuesday, Aug. 20, celebrated the construction start for One Beale, the long-awaited mixed-use development that promises to extend Beale Street’s energy to the Mississippi River.

The ceremony drew nearly 100 perspiring guests inside the historic Ellis Machine Shops building.

They could grab one of the 10-ounce bottles of water labeled "One Beale: Groundbreaking 08/20/2019" while viewing a gallery of renderings for the future buildings.

Outside, there was nothing ceremonial about the work of the construction crews.

At the southwest corner of Front and Beale, a pile-driving machine punched deep holes into the earth for the 227-room Hyatt Centric hotel. To the south at Front and Pontotoc, the ground is cleared for a 475-space parking garage and 232 apartments called The Landing Residences at One Beale.

The apartments, garage and hotel will be built simultaneously at a combined estimated cost of $150 million.

“When my dad first proposed this 30 to 40 years ago, he always saw Downtown as a magnetic place that brings people together,” developer Chance Carlisle said of his late father, Gene Carlisle.

HBG Designers Mark Weaver, FAIA and Josh Love

If all goes to schedule, the seven-story Hyatt Centric will open for Thanksgiving or Christmas in 2020 and the six-story apartments will start leasing in the first three months of 2021, Carlisle said before the ceremony.

The HBG Design architecture firm designed the Hyatt Centric “around music and the river,” Mark Weaver said. He is principal in charge and lead designer for the hotel project.

The final design is the fourth version that HBG Design has created over the years as developer Carlisle LLC wrestled with making the numbers work. “On the ground floor we opened the base up to the public and have it very active to the street and to the river,” Weaver said.

The ground floor is encased in glass: The hotel check-in desk will face Front, a lobby bar will be near the corner of Front and Beale, a restaurant will face Beale and the river and offer outdoor seating, and the ground floor’s south side will line the hotel’s outside pool and courtyard. A rooftop whisky bar will present expansive views of the river. Metal panels and lots of windows comprise the hotel’s exterior. But the windows will be positioned irregularly to mimic the look of musical notes on a music sheet. Colored, neon light will edge many of the windows facing Front and Beale streets. The colors can change, similar to the light installations on the Hernando DeSoto and Big River Crossing (Harahan) bridges. The idea is to carry the iconic neon from the Beale Street entertainment district toward the river, which now is festooned with its own colorful lights.

“At night I think there will be a real spectacular light show,” Weaver said of the window lights. “The light show will be set up to do whatever the river does, where the lights change color and they will move on the façade. Like the bridges.”

Lead Designer, Mark Weaver, Chance and Chase Carlisle

Hyatt Centric’s location at Front and Beale is “one of the most prominent sites in Memphis,” Weaver said. A major theme for the hotel is providing a launching point for guests to explore Memphis.

Carlisle LLC and Hyatt Hotels are partners in 33 Beale Street Hotel Co., the development entity for the hotel.

The Landing Residences apartments and parking deck will anchor the south side of the entire site, which generally is bounded by Riverside on the west, Beale on the north, Front on the east and Pontotoc on the south.

The apartments’ design will be “a very nice blend of old and new,” said Chris Kacena, design director of Studio Architects. The Atlanta-based firm designed the Landing Residences at One Beale.

“It’s trying to fit into the historic fabric of Downtown and be something fresh and exciting. So there’s a little bit of a blend of modern and traditional,” Kacena said.

The apartment buildings’ bricks will complement the neighborhood’s historic warehouse district. But the buildings also will feature large storefront openings and “big glass,” Kacena said.

The hotel will offer 14,000 square feet of meeting spaces, including the adaptive reuse of the neighboring historic Ellis Machine Shops building. The old business made propellers and other metal equipment for river vessels.

As recently as 14 months ago, preservationists were concerned that the development would mean demolition for the historic buildings. However, Chance Carlisle wound up working with Memphis Heritage and its executive director, June West.

West was even included among the speakers during the ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday.

“Chance is the only developer to put us on the dais with the other speakers,” West said. “Chance has endeared himself to me, Memphis Heritage and the community.”

Deni Reilly, chairman of the Downtown Memphis Commission, also expressed appreciation for One Beale’s historic preservation. “We thank Chance and his team for their leadership, especially in their willingness to consider the adaptive reuse of the historic Ellis Building,” Reilly told the crowd.

“One Beale is better, cooler and much more Memphis because of it and for that, we thank you,” she said.

An affiliate organization of the Downtown Memphis Commission, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. four years ago gave One Beale property tax breaks for 20 years, which will save the developer a total of $48.3 million. The commission staff calculates that the development will still generate $11.7 million in tax revenue that Memphis and Shelby County would not receive without the construction.

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. also approved contributing $10 million in public funds to build the parking garage.

“We see the progress,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland told the crowd at the ceremony. “We literally the see the renaissance all around us. Nineteen billion dollars in development in our area, most of which is in the city limits.”

One Beale occupies an iconic space in the heart of Memphis, Strickland said. “Gene Carlisle’s vision many years ago led to this moment. And, Chance, thank you very much for taking the reins and making it happen. It means a lot to Memphis, it means a lot to Downtown.”

Strickland joined the chorus for praising the project’s effort to save and adapt the historic Ellis buildings. “That’s what makes our developments so great in Memphis and so different than many other cities,” Strickland said. “We take our history to heart and we build upon it instead of always just knocking it down.”

One Beale is to eventually include a final phase, construction of an office tower near the corner of Beale and Riverside. But that construction is not expected to start until an anchor office tenant is identified.

 


HBG Design has been named an Outstanding Emerging Professional Friendly Firm by AIA TN

For the third year in a row, HBG Design has been named the Outstanding Large Firm in the AIA TN Emerging Professionals Friendly Firm Awards.


HBG Design's Marketing Team Wins Big at SMPS 2019

Alexandria, VA (August 2, 2019) – The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), the premier A/E/C marketing and business development association, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 Marketing Communications Awards (MCA). This annual competition is the longest-standing, most prestigious awards program recognizing excellence in marketing and communications by professional services firms in the design and building industries. The MCAs, including Best of Show and People’s Choice, were recognized during the Evening of Excellence at Build Business, the SMPS annual conference, on Thursday, August 1, in Washington, D.C.

HBG Design took home two awards of excellence and two merit awards from this year's ceremony. See full SMPS Press Release

 

CORPORATE IDENTITY – RE-BRANDING

Award of Excellence: HBG Design, Memphis, TN

Merit Award: GBBN, Cincinnati, Ohio

Merit Award: KNA Structural Engineers and Comet Creative, Irvine, CA

Merit Award: Pence Construction, Portland, OR

SPECIAL EVENT – MIXED MEDIA

Award of Excellence: HBG Design, Memphis, TN

Award of Excellence: HENSEL PHELPS, Orlando, FL

Merit Award: CRSA, Salt Lake City, UT

Merit Award: LandDesign, Charlotte, NC

Merit Award: McKim & Creed, Inc., Raleigh, NC

BRAND AWARENESS

Award of Excellence: CDM Smith, Boston, MA

Merit Award: HBG Design, Plymouth, MI

Merit Award: SME, Memphis, TN

 

PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN – MIXED MEDIA

Award of Excellence: Engineering Consulting Services, Chantilly, VA

Merit Award: Brummitt Energy Associates  | Comet Creative, Carlsbad, CA

Merit Award: CBT, Boston, MA

Merit Award: HBG Design, Memphis, TN