The pavilion building is the central docking facility for the Hollywood Casino on the Fox River. With the look and feel of a land-based casino, this new facility opened in 2002.
The 200-foot diameter, 60,000 square foot, four-story pavilion initially provided central docking, ticketing, restaurant, and administrative functions for riverboat entertainment at the north end of Stolp Island in Aurora, Illinois.
The banded, modular precast concrete and granite-aggregate panels of the pavilion culminate in a forty-foot diameter glass dome above a four-story atrium, through which a fifty-foot laser tower shines laser beacons into the sky, marking the casino as a destination. The overall building massing is reminiscent of nineteenth century casino prototypes. The casino is developed and detailed with a construction-logic that expresses its radial geometry.
Recently completed is a new 95,000 square foot two-story dockside gaming facility, this horseshoe-shaped, permanently moored, floating barge encircles the docking pavilion, replacing two riverboats initially used for gaming. This new expansion project nearly doubles the amount of gaming space within the casino.
The interior of the new dockside gaming facility has a 41-foot-high center atrium with skylights flanked by a 42,000 square foot mezzanine, which houses a new 227-seat restaurant and an entertainment lounge.
The Hollywood Casino received a PCI Special Recognition Award for Creative Design.