MGM’S MASSIVE MASSACHUSETTS RESORT OPENS
Project includes restored buildings dating back to 1880s
The MGM Springfield (owned and operated by MGM Resorts International) is the newest behemoth resort in Massachusetts, spanning three city blocks and offering 250 guestrooms, a 125,000 sq. ft. casino, an 8,000-seat entertainment center, multiple food and beverage outlets, 34,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and more.
Such a large project required several design firms tackling different entities within the complex. MGM’s in-house team designed guestrooms, while Los Angeles-based Avenue Interior Design took on the hotel’s lobby and Italian restaurant, Cal Mare. Bishop Pass tackled design of the development’s Chandler Steakhouse and South End Market, a food hall with six casual eateries. Las Vegas-based Friedmutter Group served as the design architect, handling the master plan, exterior design, and interiors for the casino floor and nightlife and bar areas. Specs Design Group led design for the casino’s poker area and retail outlets. Washington, DC-based Marshall Moya Design and Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Studio McCormack spearheaded the design of the TAP Sports Bar with a 10-lane bowling alley.
MGM added a bit of whimsy to guestrooms that nod to the city’s creative side and literary locals. Inspiration from Dr. Seuss’s book 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins can be seen in the Presidential Suite’s hat chandelier. Meanwhile, Springfield’s industrial roots are found in design details such as factory-style paned glass and Edison bulb fixtures throughout guestrooms.
Architects and designers also merged the old and the new of the city within the development. For instance, meeting and event space The Armory, a castle-like structure restored by the MGM design team, was originally built in 1895 and used as the Massachusetts State Militia building. Also, the former French Congregational Church, a Victorian Gothic-style structure built in 1887, has been rehabbed as part of the development’s retail space. The resort also features a curated collection of artwork from local and national artists that balance contemporary pieces with the history of the city. For one, Mia Pearlman's The Flying Tidings Whirled sculpture depicts the resilience of Springfield after a tornado in 2011.
Other outlets in the resort include: Commonwealth Bar and Lounge; a full-service spa with a salon and barbershop; an 8,000 sq. ft. pool; and retail outlets, including Indian Motorcycle's first apparel boutique, Hannoush Jewelers and Kringle Emporium. Additionally, actor Mark Wahlberg announced that his burger joint, Wahlburgers, will join the campus late next year.
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