Cuningham Group Architecture, Gilbane Building, Greenfire Management help develop Potawatomi’s new hotel

The 381-room, 19-story Potawatomi Hotel & Casino announced its scheduled grand opening.  The property was formerly the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, and is located in the Menomonee Valley in Milwaukee. The property has 381 rooms, the Locavore restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge, a coffee bar from local brewer Stone Creek Coffee and more than 12,000 square feet of new meeting space with new furniture and fixtures throughout.

Upon arrival in the property, guest will be welcomed by the property’s porte cochere, which covers a heated walkway underneath. Pillars throughout the hotel’s lobby replicate large trees and large leaf canopies. Above the lobby is a lighting system with approximately 3,200 LED nodes. The Color Kinetic System can produce about 16.1 million different colors and provide custom lighting for any occasion. Lighting in the hotel’s elevator bays on the first and third floors can also be programmed to set a variety of moods.

All standard rooms will be equipped with an energy-saving thermostat, a flat-screen television, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Suites are outfitted with living and dining areas, a master bedroom and bathroom, and access to a connected standard bedroom. Free WiFi will also be available throughout the hotel property.


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One presidential suite, taking up a large portion of the hotel’s 19th floor, will offer views of the Milwaukee skyline. It is the city’s largest hotel suite with about 3,000 square feet, which includes an 800-square-foot patio overlooking the city. The room includes a living area, floor-to-ceiling windows, a master bedroom with fireplace and a 60-inch television mounted above. A spa-like master bathroom with Kohler finishes includes a Jacuzzi. All furnishings and flooring were custom made for the space.

The hotel is smoke-free and has a number of environmentally friendly features integrated into the hotel’s design. These include the use of recycled products and materials during construction, the incorporation of energy efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing design strategies, a storm water management system, and the use of native plant species in the landscape design. The hotel has applied for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) status.

The hotel has two walkways, one of the first floor and one on the third floor, that provide direct access to all of the entertainment and dining options in the casino. This includes nearly 3,000 slot machines, 100 table games, a 1,350-seat bingo hall, six additional restaurants and multiple entertainment options, including the 500-seat Northern Lights Theater.

Construction and design partners on the project include owner’s representative, Greenfire Management; general contractor, Gilbane Building; architect Cuningham Group Architecture; project consultant, Innovation Project Development; and financing through US Bank, National Association.

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