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By Elias Weiss
March 4, 2021

Bellagio architect to design caesars casino resort in danville


An internationally renowned architecture firm recognized by local and national publications, Marnell Companies was founded in 1982 and is known for handling planning, design, construction, development, and consulting. Still run by Tony A. Marnell—one of Sin City’s most legendary Strip architects, the firm has been honored by the Las Vegas Chapter of NEWH for extraordinary design achievements that include awards for the best hotel, best lobby, best suite, and best lounge bar. Such honors can only be achieved with a skilled team of craftsmen and the guidance of Tony A. Marnell. After earning a bachelor’s from the University of Southern California, Marnell spent two years in graduate school studying with legendary architect Professor Alfred Caldwell. The training paid off big: Marnell went on to design and build such Vegas landmarks as the Rio Hotel in 1998 and the Bellagio and became the architect of record for Wynn’s The Mirage. Marnell also served as executive design architect for the $1.1 billion Borgata casino.


DANVILLE, Va. and LAS VEGAS, Nev. — An internationally renowned Las Vegas-based architectural firm was selected by Caesar's Entertainment to design the world-class casino resort in Danville City.

The firm, Marnell Companies, was responsible for the design of such prominent American casinos as the Bellagio in Las Vegas, one wing of the Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, the Osage Casino Hotel in Tulsa, Okla., Park MGM in Las Vegas and many others from Louisiana to Kansas.

When asked by reporters if the renowned architecture firm had contracted with Caesar's Danville to design the multi-million-dollar casino resort:

"Yes, that's true," said Nicole Garcia, Business Executive & Administrator at Marnell Companies.

Groundbreaking on the casino in Danville's Schoolfield neighborhood is slated for the autumn, with a projected opening to the public in 2023.

"We (Caesar's Entertainment) have selected Marnell Architecture to complete the design and architecture for Caesars Virginia. They were chosen based off their experience and impressive body of work in casino design," a Caesar's Entertainment spokesperson shared in a statement.

The casino will feature 300 or more four-star hotel suites, a spa, pools, fitness facilities, a 2,500-seat entertainment venue, and bars and restaurants on-site. It will also connect to a 35,000-square-foot meeting space.

"Also, I can share on the background that the timeline and scope of the project has not changed," Caesar's Public Relations Director Robert Jarrett told the Star-Tribune from Las Vegas Thursday afternoon. "We are hard at work in the development of Caesar's Virginia.

"Caesar's classifies the project as a $400+ million investment in the Dan River region, with an estimated $38 million in annual tax revenue for the City of Danville.

The project will create 900 construction jobs and 1,300 hospitality jobs, boasting an average annual salary of $50,000 with benefit packages included.

Caesar's Danville has already presented a $15 million upfront payment to the city on Dec. 8, 2020.

by, By Elias Weiss

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