Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
A hotel shaped like an electric guitar, designed by Steve Peck of the Las Vegas-based firm Klai Juba Wald Architecture, is the main attraction of the $2.4 billion project, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, located in Hollywood, Florida.
Coming in a close second are the acres of pools, water features and surrounding landscape by EDSA of Fort Lauderdale.
The entire project, erected in conjunction with DeSimone Consulting Engineers, took nearly 10 years to design and build and showcases amazing light displays that includes a design by DCL out of Boston, which equipped the exterior of the 36-story building with programmable LED cannons that can change colors, patterns and perform animation.
Also included in the lighting scheme are underwater LEDs provided by Unmei, a wholesale supplier from Ponce, Ontario. The aquatic designers, Cloward H2O, originally planned to use other lights but "the client asked for another possible supplier, so Lee Fain of Brightview brought us to the table," enthuses Colleen Fraser, the owner of the supplier, who is constantly on the outlook for the best and most innovative lighting solutions available. She adds that "Pacific Aquascape International of Fountain Valley, California, with Robert Begay in charge of this project, installed my company's lights in the recreational lake."
The "Guitar" Idea
"The project was conceptualized with Jim Allen, (Seminole's CEO) and the architect," reflects Craig Stoner of EDSA who was their project manager. "And we got involved, from concept to detail design, bringing in all the nuts and bolts and MEPS and water feature engineers. We have a good relationship with Hard Rock and Jim Allen. We have worked with him on several of his projects throughout his career."
Working directly with Klai Jubawald, the architecture firm, which also has a long relationship with Allen, EDSA even helped conceptualize the style of architecture "so there is a lot of blending between the two when it comes to the pool decks of that scale and size out there," Stoner says.