Downstream Casino Resort

Quapaw, OK

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Background and Context
Downstream Casino Resort straddles the "Tri-State" area where Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri all meet, just off of Interstate Highway 44, a few miles southwest of Joplin, Missouri. The ultimate goal of the owners, the Quapaw Nation (formerly known as the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma), was to create a destination casino resort that would attract a wide range of visitors, spur economic development, and benefit the citizens who call this region home. The Quapaw challenged the JCJ Architecture team to bring thier vision to life at a remarkably fast pace, opening for business in less than 1 year.

Downstream Casino Resort began with the creation of a thoughtful, phased master plan, which would allow the Quapaw Nation to generate revenue and maintain smooth operations during subsequent phases. JCJ Architecture worked with general contractor Manhattan Construction on the fast-paced development of Phase 1: including a casino, 12-story, 222-room hotel with outdoor pool, fitness room, and expansive entertainment terrace. At the completion of this first phase, the gaming floor included 2,000 machines and 44 table games, including poker.

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