Today, Jim Justice, chairman/owner of The Greenbrier resort, broke ground on the property’s elegant, new casino, retail and dining areas, slated to debut in April 2010. The completed project will not only add additional guest amenities to the resort, but also create a more aesthetically pleasing and accessible green space for all guests to enjoy.
Clancy & Theys Construction Company’s Virginia Division was chosen as the general contractor and construction manager for the project. Based in Newport News, Va., Clancy & Theys builds commercial, industrial and institutional buildings and is listed as one of the Top 400 contractors in the United States, according to Engineering News-Record magazine.
“We are so excited about breaking ground for the new casino. It will be a truly spectacular facility, very elegant and unlike anything anyone has seen before,” said Justice.
“Clancy & Theys is extremely excited and privileged to be chosen for this project. An opportunity to be involved with a world class resort with such historical significance does not come around often. When it does, you want to be a part of it,” said Vice President Jamie Tollenaere.
The construction of the new casino, retail and dining areas will encompass an area of approximately 80,000 square feet. The front lawn, under which the casino will be built, will keep the main flower bed but feature changes including a reflecting pool, pedestrian walkways, benches and leisure area. The space is also designed to improve guest arrivals and departures.
The award-winning architectural firm, Shope Reno Wharton, known for designing high-end homes and commercial projects such as libraries, museums and golf clubhouses, is designing the casino. The interior will be designed by Craig J. Smith and Christina H. Romann of C2 Limited Design Associates, who captured the rustic beauty of The Greenbrier Sporting Club Lodge and the classic elegance of The Greenbrier’s theatre corridor and North Entrance foyer.
The elegant casino will be unlike anything guests have seen before, boasting approximately 320 slot machines and 38 full-variety table games including craps, roulette, black jack, mini-baccarat, poker varieties and poker tables. Champagne will be passed around nightly at 8 p.m., offering a toast of luck to all of the gaming guests.
The casino will be open to overnight guests, members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and members of other on-property clubs and attendees of an event or convention with more than 400 rooms sold.
Beginning on October 1, Greenbrier guests and members will be able to enjoy this new amenity, including slot and table games, in a temporary casino, located in the resort’s Virginia Wing.