SugarHouse Casino Expansion
Philadelphia’s first and only casino, SugarHouse, designed by Cope Linder Architects and opened in 2010 enjoys over four million visitors per year. Cope Linder Architects continued its involvement from original master planning and inception through an ambitious $164 million expansion that opened in late summer 2016. The expansion adds 152,000 sf of gaming, entertainment, and dining venues to the facility and continues the master plan north along the Delaware River with an extended public waterfront promenade and seven-story parking garage. A dramatic and dynamic lighted public art installation accents the contemporary exterior facing the main thoroughfare frontage.
As the second major phase of the master plan, the SugarHouse expansion added parking for 1,500 vehicles in a new seven-story garage, five new dining options including Hugo’s Frog Bar and Chop House with a riverfront patio, a 10,000-sf concert and event venue, a 6,000-sf dedicated poker room featuring 28 tables, and expanded gaming options with a new high limits lounge, plus 44 new tables and 289 new slots.
Cope Linder Architects worked closely with the City of Philadelphia Planning Commission to realize aspirations for the larger waterfront plan with understated contemporary architecture and keen attention to the public domain. As one of the largest privately owned waterfront parcels in the city, the SugarHouse site offers landscaped outdoor pedestrian and biking pathways planned to one day connect to riverfront points north and south. In addition to coordinating the efforts of 15+ consultants, the Cope Linder design team worked in concert with two interior design firms to craft diverse gaming and dining choices for patrons and ensure that each venue within SugarHouse presents its own distinct character, brand, and guest experience.
Cope Linder Architects maintains ongoing involvement with owner, Rush Street Gaming at SugarHouse.
Owner / Client: Rush Street Gaming, Chicago and HSP Gaming
Owners Representative: Development Management Associates LLC & Keating Consulting LLC