US – Mohegan Sun Massachusetts aims to be greenest casinoBy Phil - 15 August 2014
Mohegan Sun Massachusetts is expected to be the greenest resort casino in the nation, with one of the highest LEED scores of any such facility in the industry.
This is according to points earned from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program that recognises building best practices and scores various elements and features.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA MA) has also commended Mohegan Sun Massachusetts, calling it “markedly superior in every design aspect” compared to a Wynn Resorts proposal for Everett, Mass.
In a letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the AIA MA praised Mohegan Sun Massachusetts’ design for its creativity, sustainable features and strong connections to public transportation, the beach and the surrounding community.
“The Revere design is curvy, playful, fun architecture that fits Revere’s long history of recreation and entertainment. The proposed project feels like a true destination,” said the AIA MA in the letter to the Gaming Commission.
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will be a $1.3bn LEED Gold project with sustainability and environmental efficiency incorporated into all aspects of design and construction. Forty percent of the power generated from Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will be supplied in a carbon neutral manner, while 50 percent of the site is open space.
“Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will be a true destination in every sense of the word — building on the unique character of Revere and featuring large amounts of open space that connect seamlessly to public transportation, the beach and our neighbouring communities,” said Mitchell Etess, CEO of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority. “We have invested much time and resources to create an outstanding design that includes the best sustainability features. It is unlike any other project in the nation and another clear demonstration of why Mohegan Sun Massachusetts is the best choice for the Commonwealth.”
Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will also feature 5,000 square feet of greenhouse space to help supply an onsite restaurant with fresh produce; landscaped courtyards and open space throughout; and a public plaza entrance at Winthrop and Washburn avenues as the main access point from the Beachmont MBTA station and MBTA buses.
Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will feature two hotels and world-class dining, shopping and entertainment amenities located on 42 acres in Revere. Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs share a long-standing commitment to working with local businesses, community leaders and cultural and tourist organisations.