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Mississippi casino wins national design award

8 December 2008

BILOXI, Mississippi -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel was recently awarded the Casino Design award for Best Architectural Re-Design for a Casino Resort at the 2008 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) held in Las Vegas.

The Casino Design awards are the only honors that specifically recognize excellence in the field of casino resort design and construction. A panel of distinguished judges evaluated entries from across the country. Criteria included creative use of space, adherence to architectural themes throughout property, use of color, texture and other design elements, with particular attention to providing creative solutions for challenging opportunities.

Accepting on behalf of Treasure Bay was COO and General Manager Susan Varnes, and architect Peter Anderson of VOA Associates, Inc.

Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel opened in April 1994 and was located inside an authentic replica of an 18th Century pirate ship, which quickly became a popular landmark for both tourists and locals. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Treasure Bay management moved quickly after the storm to begin rebuilding. The renovation project resulted in consolidating operations on the north side of Beach Boulevard in the original hotel building that dates back to the 1960s, and was itself a Biloxi landmark.

Starting in September 2005, the multi-million dollar rebuilding project worked from the ground up and included guest rooms, lobbies and public spaces, restaurants, retail and conference space, outdoor pool terrace with two swimming pools, plus the addition of the casino area. Peter Anderson served as the design architect for the project along with Mary Ann Whitmore as interior designer. "It was quite a challenge," Anderson offered. "We managed to open the entire project in five separate phases, designing later phases while early phases were under construction or occupied by the casino itself."

The project was completed in November of 2007. A departure from the old-world pirate theme, Treasure Bay now features a contemporary design reflecting a sophisticated blend of style and comfort. Open, elegant and inviting, the interior features natural elements of wood, stone and water with copper and bronze accents. Many unique lighting and art pieces can be found throughout the property, complimented by two hand-blown glass chandeliers that greet guests as they enter through the twin staircases at the front of the property.

Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel is located on historic U.S. Highway 90 on the beach in Biloxi. For more information or to make overnight accommodations, phone 1.800.747.2839.

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