St. Croix Casino and Hotel

This project was full of surprises. Already under construction, the design team had to immediately react to feedback and produce a concept that was both acceptable and within an existing established budget. Working within an existing footprint, the project required a complete reprogramming of interior public spaces including gaming, amenities, offices, back-of-house areas, and hotel finishes.

An elaborate phased approach and collaboration between multiple stakeholders allowed for continuous operations during the renovation. Building on the tribe’s vision, the team assembled images and real samples of local materials, tribal patterns and textures. Tribal elders shared their beading patterns, headdresses, artwork, birch bark canoe, and photography outlining their past and current culture.

Images from regional indigenous materials such as tree types with branch arbors, leaf patterns, grasses, thistles, vines, wild rice stocks, and local stone of the north woods were abstracted into building materials that became the inspiration for the design team and the many local vendors and artisans who crafted them. High-tech features including a custom-designed state of the art, computer-controlled, multi-colored LED lighting system were incorporated to reflect the changing northern light patterns in the north woods sky.

The team successfully met an aggressive six-week timeframe allotted for the re-design process. The team completed the construction documents for implementation into the building process on time and budget.


This unique project resulted in a premier casino and hotel driven by tribal inspiration with guest appeal.