Slot manufacturer WMS Gaming celebrated the grand opening of its new technology development center in Chicago last month. The new center will house its Chicago-based game development studios. The 120,000-square-foot structure was built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification specifications to support the company’s commitment to long-term innovation and sustainability.
Brian Gamache, chairman and CEO of parent WMS Industries, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Alderman Richard Mell, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, Illinois Rep. Deborah Mell and hundreds of WMS employees participated in the ribbon-cutting for the new facility, at 2718 Roscoe Street on the Chicago River.
The facility increases the size of the WMS Chicago Technology Campus by 50 percent to 350,000 square feet. The facility will accommodate up to 225 employees, including game design and development, product management and Williams Interactive teams. The structure features an atrium with a signature folded roof, four game development studios, two game laboratories, two product testing showrooms, a 120-seat auditorium, offices and team collaboration areas.
The building also houses a variety of employee amenity areas for the more than 600 Chicago employees at the Technology Campus, including dining facilities with a patio overlooking the Chicago River, a fitness center, a basketball/volleyball court and an employee lounge with ping-pong, pool tables and Wii, Xbox and PlayStation video game consoles. The building’s skyline terrace offers unobstructed views of the city’s skyline.