Indian Gaming Magazine Spotlights Desert Diamond West Valley Casino

Located in the heart of a bustling entertainment and sports district in Glendale, AZ, outside Phoenix, the highly anticipated $400 million Desert Diamond West Valley Casino officially opened on February 19, 2020, creating a unique synergy with the surrounding entertainment options to deliver a truly unique experience for regional gaming patrons.

Top 5 nationally-ranked hospitality and entertainment designers, HBG Design Memphis/San Diego, created the casino’s strikingly bold and sophisticated exterior and interior aesthetic, including the 75,000 sq. ft. casino floor, five uniquely designed restaurants and two eye-catching feature bars – the Edge Bar and the two-story Rock Bar.

With the stunning Sonoran Desert as a backdrop, the new 1.2 million square foot casino design is derived from the design team’s project concept called ‘The Dynamic Earth,’ a unique interpretation of the desert’s abundance, significant to the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Click the images below to read more about Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Indian Gaming Magazine.

As Featured in Indian Gaming: Dike Bacon Talks Covid Casino Resort Design Solutions

Read the Indian Gaming Covid-19 Article Here

As history has proven time and again, calamity often brings opportunity. Some of the best ideas and solutions developed by mankind have been the result of adversity and necessity. Indian gaming will thrive again – but things will be different. How different remains to be seen.

What we already know is that guests and employees have an expectation that owners of hotels, casinos, restaurants, etc., are making cleanliness, health safety and wellness a top priority. As new health standards are integrated into a property, innovative design solutions can play a key role in influencing the perception or ‘optics’ of cleanliness and safety, without diminishing the sense of luxury expected in the hospitality experience. No one wants to stay in a hotel room that looks and feels clinical like a hospital. These design changes also don’t have to be inconvenient or even overt. Engaging designers to change the guest experience creatively and strategically to be healthier and more focused on their well-being is a clear property differentiator.

Of course, there isn’t one perfect formula for operating in the COVID-19 era. Protocols and regulations can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and tribe to tribe. What may work for a commercial gaming property might not work for an Indian Nation. There are distinct needs for short-term temporary fixes, but also long-term permanent solutions. This makes it even more important for operators and designers to partner together to ensure operational and design solutions are both durable and impervious from an aesthetic standpoint to meet the extended needs of guest safety and wellness.

Creative design solutions in the COVID-19 era reach beyond pure safety and wellness, they can also significantly impact a property’s bottom line – and increasing revenues is one of the most important objectives for owners right now. As an example, we’re currently developing a series of innovative design solutions for the casino floor to improve the guest experience and beat the current occupancy model. We’re also reimagining how guests are seated and served in restaurants to achieve social distancing and compartmentalization of spaces that will likely become the norm for the industry. Creative design can inform distancing of guests so that they perceive intimacy and exclusivity as opposed to separation. Small semi- private rooms and spaces and transparency of food preparation will become more commonplace. Buffets, of course, will change permanently, but the goal of a redesign is to maintain the original spirit of the buffet. Ideas such as conversions of buffets to food-hall type experiences is another example to explore.

The Indian gaming industry will rise out of this pandemic stronger than ever. It will flourish because of one fundamental premise – guests crave great experiences they can’t get anywhere else. They want to gamble and eat a great meal. They love to get away to see a show and stay at interesting hotels. They want to swim in a resort pool and be pampered in a luxurious spa. They want to get out of the house and be entertained. No matter what happens, that is never going to change.

HBG Design Weighs In: 'Pandemic brings new challenges to design concepts', by Hotel Business Magazine

In July’s Hotel Business Magazine, HBG Design Practice Leader, Rick Gardner, AIA, comments on recent challenges facing the hospitality and entertainment industry during these unprecedented times. The firm has been proactive in developing guest-oriented design solutions focused on health, safety and wellness.

“We like to think about change in hotel design in a post-pandemic world like this — if you were to pick up a hotel room and literally turn it upside down, everything that falls to the floor goes away. This means all the soft goods like bolster pillows, bed throws, etc. are eliminated; we’re leaning toward a clear simplification of materials, along with reducing non-washable materials – that could include shifting from curtains to washable blinds; using anti-viral and antimicrobial fabrics in the guestroom; and anti-microbial grout in the bathrooms. Surfaces will change and transform — we’re looking at LVT instead of carpet; new and improved filtration systems and air handling; and making touchpoints touchless, using technology like Alexa and Google to a greater extent – leveraging voice control to reduce need for surface contact to turn on lights, the TV, the shower, etc.”

Announcing: the Groundbreaking of the new Grants Pass Downs Entertainment Venue, Oregon

The summer horse-racing season has come to an end this year at Grants Pass Downs, but a special event was held on Thursday, July 9 that shows the local track has a bright future.

The groundbreaking was a huge success, according to: KAJO 99.7 FM, local Grants Pass Oregon radio who was on hand for the event.  Read the article at here.

On Thursday morning, a special groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin the Grants Pass Entertainment Venue and Tunnel Project.

HBG Design is the architect, designing and interior designer for the project.

GP Downs officials said the ceremony marked the next phase in the overall mission of revitalizing the horse racing industry in Oregon. The venue will be a premier gaming destination in Southern Oregon and the tunnel will provide convenient access to the track infield during community events such as soccer.


The Dutch Bros Foundation has spearheaded the upgrade by underwriting the cost of numerous projects at the facility at the Josephine County Fairgrounds including widening the track for larger races, sprucing up the facility and building fields.

If approved by the city, the Grants Pass Entertainment Venue will be constructed in the southwest corner of the Fairgrounds property and the existing River City BMX track will be moved, possibly to the new Beacon Hill Park in the northeast part of the city.

Posted on 7/10/20 6:58AM by Sam Marsh


The Desert Blooms in Dazzling Color at the new Desert Diamond West Valley Casino

HBG Design created the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino’s strikingly bold and sophisticated exterior and interior aesthetic, including the 75,000 square foot casino floor, five uniquely designed restaurants and two eye-catching feature bars – the Edge Bar and the two-story Rock Bar – all derived from a distinctive Sonoran Desert-inspired design language.

Watch the 'A Virtual Journey of Desert Diamond West Valley Casino' video below.

The Desert Diamond West Valley Casino’s signature arching roofline is easily visible from adjacent Interstate 101. The architecture creates a beautiful contrast against the light and shadow of the desert sky. Its curved roof integrates LED lighting to mimic the ever-changing drama of the desert’s endless sky, beckoning guests within.


On the 75,000 square foot gaming floor, the arching canopy is animated with vibrant, ever-changing ambient light recalling the desert’s endless sky. The illumination of the ceiling’s cloud-like fins subtly change throughout the day, mimicking the changing light quality of the desert in the morning, afternoon and evening.


Flip through and read more about the project design below.


HBG Design Consistently Ranks as the #1 Largest Architecture Firm in Memphis

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Ranked by local licensed architects

Locally Researched by: Jason Bolton, Memphis Business Journal 

As Seen in Multifamily Design + Construction - A Star is Reborn: Texaco's Century Old HQ in Houston is Now a Luxury Apartment Community

After oil giant Texaco moved out of its downtown Houston location in 1989, the historic, century-old Texaco office building stood vacant for more than twenty years waiting for its next purpose.

The HBG Design team undertook a vigorous restoration and revitalization effort to convert the long-abandoned landmark headquarters as a stunning, award-winning 17-story mixed-use multi-family tower, reconnecting it to the urban fabric as a focal point for downtown Houston’s live-work-play vision.

Learn more about this impressive building rebirth. Click above to read the full project release.

And Click Here to Read the New Multifamily Design + Construction article.

Nathan Peak Joins Other Industry Experts for GGB's Webinar: 'What Will a Casino Resort Look Like in the Wake of Covid-19?'

Global Gaming Business, The Innovation Group and Regulatory Management Counselors P.C. (RMC) present a national webinar series for the gaming industry

‘Gaming in Crisis: The Path Back’ 

featuring insights from

HBG Design
Nathan Peak, AIA, Leed GA
Principal & Design Director

In the May 28 ‘Gaming in Crisis’ Webinar Series - Episode 5, Design Changes: What Will a Casino Resort Look Like in the Wake of Covid-19?, Nathan Peak joins a panel of industry experts in casino operations and hospitality design to discuss the type of facility planning and design changes that may be implemented in casinos, food and beverage venues and hotels as properties reopen in the wake of Covid-19.

“Whether on the gaming floor or in the guestroom, the first touch point for every guest must provide a sense of well-being and safety both physically and mentally, without detracting from the allure and luxury of the hospitality environment,” says Peak.

‘Gaming in Crisis’ Webinar Series - Episode 5, Design Changes: What Will a Casino Resort Look Like in the Wake of Covid-19? 

Michael Soll, The Innovation Group - Moderator
Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer, Four Winds Casinos - Speaker
Nathan Peak, AIA, LEED GA, Principal/Design Director, HBG Design - Speaker
Robert Gdowski, AIA, Principal, JCJ Architecture  - Speaker

View more webinars in the Gaming in Crisis: The Path Back Series Here.

New Insights: Sportsbook Design as seen in Tribal Government Gaming