Royal Contract Lighting completes Ilani Casino installation

Royal Contract Lighting completes Ilani Casino installation

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Posted by James Walker

The Ilani Casino Resort opened its doors to the public on April 24, complete with hundreds of custom lighting pieces from Royal Contract Lighting.

The $510 million, 368,000sq.ft entertainment centre, a joint effort of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Salishan-Mohegan, is located in Washington State near Vancouver and Portland, Oregon.

Fanto Group, which provides decorative, architectural, interior and exterior lighting to the hospitality and commercial markets, chose Royal Contract Lighting for the project.

Ilani Casino has been designed to reflect the culture of the Pacific Northwest and pay tribute to the heritage of the Cowlitz Tribe through the incorporation of stone, wood and glass elements.

In line with the overall design theme, Massachusetts-based Royal Contract Lighting crafted hundreds of custom pieces for the facility’s lighting, including 12 large fixtures for the resort’s outdoor ceilings.

Designed in the form of waves, the three largest measure 49ft long and weigh more than 800kg each.

For the entry portal, Royal Contract Lighting created 10 chandeliers made of curved art glass that was overlapped and layered to achieve a woven effect. The VIP lounge is adorned with three fixtures of hand-blown Venetian art glass.

The casino features 36 aquatic-themed chandeliers, each of which are made up of 50 hand-blown amber-coloured glass fish. Nearly three dozen vertical basket clusters with tapered cherry wood ribs hang above the slot machines.

Royal Contract Lighting developed numerous other light fixtures for the resort’s entertainment lounge, casino bar and high-limit area.

“Since we work in custom lighting, each project offers its own unique challenges,” Paul Spacek, president of Royal Contract Lighting, told “In the case of the Ilani Casino Resort, the sheer size of some of the fixtures – up to 49ft long – presented a challenge.

“In this case, we created fixtures that could be built in pieces, then assembled on site, making shipping as economical as possible. Another challenge arose when producing the 36 aquatic-themed chandeliers: getting the hundreds of hand-blown glass fish just the shades of amber desired by the designer and customer took a significant amount of time.”

According to Spacek, Royal Contract Lighting has experienced significant growth over the last few years, and the company is currently expanding into new markets, including the UK, Middle East and Hong Kong.

“Our US headquarters has outgrown the office and factory floor plan, so we are in the process of moving these functions into a new facility – one that is four times the size of our current building,” he said. “This move makes us the largest exclusively custom lighting company in the US.”

“In addition to growing our US operations, Royal Contract Lighting is also carrying out a major expansion of our China factory. By the time it is complete, we will have quadrupled the size of that factory since its opening two years ago.”

Totally Gaming says: The large-scale Ilani Casino Resort installation is the latest in a long line of gaming and hospitality projects for Royal Contract Lighting. The expansion of the company’s US and China facilities comes at the right time, as operators around the world look to shine new light on their leisure properties.

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