Launch of Station Casinos new Durango project in southwest Las Vegas

On Friday, hundreds of Station Casinos employees and executives attended the launch of the company’s newest resort at a private groundbreaking ceremony for the Durango Casino & Resort.

Red Rock Resorts Inc. President and CEO Frank J. Fertitta III, Vice President Lorenzo J. Fertitta and approximately 300 workers from the resort properties attended the event off 215 Beltway at Durango Drive , the site of the 200-room, $750 million project slated to open in late 2023.

Newly appointed Red Rock Resorts President Scott Kreeger, COO Bob Finch and Bill Richardson, Director of WA Richardson Builder LLC, contractors for the project, were also scheduled to be in attendance for the event.

Richardson Builders was chosen as the construction manager for the project. The official architect is Friedmutter Group, based in Las Vegas; both ventures will be led by Station Casinos’ in-house design and construction teams. The company will also partner with various interior design firms, including Looney & Associates and Avenue ID, the designers responsible for the hotel’s lobby and bar, which the company unveiled on Friday.

New renderings

Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station Casinos, also provided a first look at the latest renderings of the resort, which will feature an 83,000 square foot casino with state-of-the-art racing and sports betting, four foods and signature beverage outlets, a nine-tenant catering facility, a pool with private cabanas, an eco-friendly event lawn, and 20,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.

The station car park will have 40 charging stations for electric vehicles. In addition, several bicycle paths will access the property, which plans to provide ample bicycle parking.

Kreeger said Durango will use several design elements from the company’s Red Rock Resort in Summerlin, which he opened as general manager. He expects Durango’s demographics to be similar to Red Rock’s.

“We’ve bent a lot of rules in what was traditionally considered gaming property and I know it’s been very successful,” Kreeger said in an interview Thursday. “So I think the types of things that you saw with Red Rock that you’re going to see next level with Durango.”

Kreeger is confident in Durango’s success as the company will build on the experience it has gained in the Southern Nevada resort industry for years.

‘For 45 years we have been the benchmark in the entertainment and gaming market and every time we build a new property – we are a bricks and mortar company – when we build a property we have taken what we’ learned along the journey and created something new that is relevant to the moment and the client’s preference and stretches the envelope of creativity and offering from property to property,” he said. declared.

Valley Growth Breeds Success

Kreeger echoed a frequent refrain from recent Red Rock earnings calls — that growth in the Las Vegas Valley will help the company succeed.

“If you look at the growth in the valley, that’s probably the most obvious thing, coupled with the fact that over time we’ve acquired strategically located assets around the valley and a lot of those assets are in right in the middle of these economic development zones,” Kreeger said.

“Looking forward, I think we’re perfectly ready to do that. I just think we’re really attuned to the preferences and amenities that our customers are looking for, coupled with our growth opportunities and our connectivity with our customers, I just think the sky’s the limit.

Kreeger, who was named president of Red Rock on Feb. 28, is in his second stint with the company. Prior to his appointment, Kreeger was Director of Operations and New Resort Development since 2018 with the Galaxy Entertainment Group in Macau.

Second Station

He originally joined Station Casinos in 2000 and held several key leadership positions in operations, property management, marketing, technology and Native American gaming before leaving to join Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City in July 2013 as a President and Chief Operating Officer. Kreeger remained at Revel until that property was sold, then joined SLS Las Vegas Resort and Casino, where he was employed from October 2014 to December 2017 as President and Chief Operating Officer.

“Scott is the right leader for Red Rock Resorts,” Frank Fertitta III said when he was hired. “Scott’s long history with the company, his knowledge of all aspects of our business and his proven leadership position the company for continued and accelerated future growth.”

The two casino base stations that Durango will not initially have will be movie theaters and bowling alleys. But Kreeger said not to worry — those, as well as an entertainment venue, could come in later phases of the property’s development.

“We will continue to embrace that desert oasis feel and connection to nature, warm colors and outdoor nature. You will see what we have done in Red Rock and make it even better and relevant for today. It will be a much more socially interactive property with lots of energy and common areas for people to enjoy,” Kreeger said.

Cozy corners

The interior design will feature floors and walls clad in natural stone, while texture, light and neutral tones will flood the space. Durango’s hotel lobby will have “a relaxed energy and breeze” with a lobby bar “where comfy nooks, cool sofas, and unique artwork create the perfect chemistry of conversation, relaxation, and sense of belonging”.

Durango will join the Southern Nevada Station Casinos empire which includes Red Rock Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Boulder Station, Sunset Station, Santa Fe Station and a host of smaller Wildfire-branded operations.

Station also owns Texas Station, Fiesta Rancho, and Fiesta Henderson, which have been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kreeger said the company is still reviewing the possibility of reopening closed properties.

“They exist in their own micromarkets, so each property has unique conditions and economic factors that we consider when judging whether or not it’s a good time to reopen,” Kreeger said. “We continue to assess this regularly and when we think the economic opportunities are good, we have some direction. It’s a very dynamic environment right now…we’ll make that decision when the time comes.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at [email protected] or 702-477-3893. To follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.