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Environments that Engage, Energize, Earn


A top-ranking entertainment design firm, Cuningham creates gaming and hospitality environments that engage, energize and earn. The company’s cross-market approach to design leverages a deep understanding of immersive entertainment experiences, while the integration of these disciplines leads to innovative facilities that keep guests coming back time and again.

With 30-plus years of experience providing design and planning services to premier entertainment owners, and significant experience in both tribal and commercial gaming, Cuningham sees firsthand how the markets are changing. The firm currently is collaborating with the Tachi-Yokut Tribe, which created its own development company, Palace Hospitality, allowing the Tachi-Yokut to develop projects with other tribes.  Meanwhile, progressive tribes including the Mohegan Tribe and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently purchased existing gaming properties in Las Vegas. Advancements like these indicate an exciting time filled with many opportunities, and are a win-win for all involved.

Cuningham helps operators pursue developments closer to cities to increase their return on investment. These projects often require novel solutions to fit the expanse of a gaming floor into a tight, urban site. The Cuningham-designed Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington is just such a project. Situated four floors above the ground and spanning three sites and two city streets, Emerald Queen Casino reclaims lost space and circumvents a restrictive city grid.

The project’s seamless integration into the city’s urban infrastructure sets a groundbreaking precedent for the future of gaming. As this trend continues, Cuningham is committed to helping clients understand the opportunities, challenges and legal constraints associated with air rights and upward urban construction within the gaming industry.

Cuningham’s ability to consistently create cutting-edge design solutions for the next level of gaming experiences is reflected in its recent ranking as the Engineering News-Record’s seventh-ranked Top Entertainment Design Firm for 2021.

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