Palace Casino Resort, Biloxi, Miss.
Keeping budget and the coastal location in mind, the architects chose metal panels for the exterior of the building. About 18,664 square feet of CENTRIA Formawall dimension Series insulated metal panels and 5,286 square feet of Concept Series CS-660 single-skin panels were finished in a Fluropon coating in Off White.
The Fluropon coating is known for its resistance to ultraviolet rays and protection against heat and humidity. Providing an added layer of durability to the metal panels, Fluropon protects against dirt and stains, as well as corrosive salt spray. The coating ensures the casino will be able to withstand the many weather conditions that befall the Mississippi Gulf Coast while maintaining the panels’ luster.
Hurricane Katrina hit Biloxi in summer 2005, destroying nearly all the infrastructure on the coast and significantly impacting the Palace Casino Resort. Ten years later, investments in the area have revitalized the shoreline and brought the city back to life. In 2011, the Palace Casino Resort underwent a $50 million expansion and renovation. Cuningham Group Architects set out to not only rejuvenate the existing 46,000-square-foot property, but also construct a new 64,000-square-foot addition. Once left ravaged by one of the most devastating hurricanes in memory, the Place Casino Resort now stands as a testament to coastal communities’ resolve to overcome and rebuild.
Photo: Peter Malinowski