Mohegan Sun Massachusetts to be greenest casino resort in US

  • 15th August 2014 | Massachusetts, US
  • Mohegan Sun MAMohegan Sun Massachusetts is expected to be the greenest casino resort in the US, with one of the highest LEED scores in the industry. This is according to points earned from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.

    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 the state. In a letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the AIA MA praised Mohegan Sun’s design for its creativity, sustainable features and connections to public transportation, beach and surrounding community.

    Mohegan Sun“The Revere design is curvy, playful, fun architecture that fits Revere’s long history of recreation and entertainment,” read the AIA MA letter to the Gaming Commission. “The proposed project feels like a true destination.”

    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. 40pc of the power generated from Mohegan Sun Massachusetts will be supplied in a carbon neutral manner, while 50pc of the site is open space.

    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.

    It will also feature onsite bicycle accommodations, including a “Beach to Beach” bicycle connection planned for Easton Boston and Revere. Electric vehicles will be available for maintenance and security; electric vehicle charging stations for both staff and public use; and preferential parking for fuel-efficient vehicles. Innovative drainage systems and water-conserving fixtures will be installed to target a 30pc reduction in water consumption and natural light will be maximised to reduce power output.

    Solar panels on the roof will generate renewable energy on site, capable of saving 800 tons of CO2 a year. Energy-efficient lighting and systems, as well as energy-star rated equipment will be installed to provide further energy savings. A gas-fired co-generation plant will enable the property to offset power grid demands. In addition, a solid food waste recycling program will create electricity and anaerobic digestion.

    The state-of-the-art facility 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.

    Mitchell Etess, CEO of Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, owner of the property, said: “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. 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.”

    About Mohegan Sun Massachusetts
    Mohegan Sun’s destination casino resort in Palmer would bring new jobs and economic growth to Western Massachusetts. The project will feature a hotel, casino gaming, branded retail stores and restaurants. Mohegan Sun has a long-standing commitment to working with local businesses, community leaders and cultural and tourist organizations.

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