Stations to crown another jewel

Nov 27, 2001 8:37 AM

Station Casinos’ new Green Valley Ranch hotel-casino, which is scheduled to open in three weeks, is emerging as the jewel in the gaming giant’s string of casino resorts.

The property, located at Green Valley Parkway and Interstate 215, is designed by architect Scott Avjian, owner and principal designer of Scott Avjian Design Inc. in Las Vegas.

Green Valley Ranch is the fourth Stations resort designed by Avjian, who also created plans for the Victorian-themed Kansas City Station and St. Charles (Missouri) Station, and the Spanish/Mediterranean themed Sunset Station.

When Sunset Station opened in Henderson, it was then considered Station Casinos’ jewel, winning numerous awards including Best Locals Casino.

Sunset Station also established Avjian as the “man of details” because of his meticulous and insightful attention to design elements that distinguish his creations.

For instance, Avjian used his years of experience in Spain to create likenesses of some of his favorite historical buildings in the region, including Seville, Madrid, Costa Del Sol and Barcelona, to name a few.

Most recently, Avjian has used classic European architecture and old world techniques in designing the Green Valley Ranch project.

“I love the elegance of the architecture, how easily a 16th century building can nestle into the backdrop of a modern Spanish city,” Avjian said.

Avjian said the architecture of Green Valley Ranch was inspired by the beauty and charm of the villas on the Mediterranean, with strong influences from the casual elegance of the seaside “California Ranch” style mansions of Santa Barbara.

“The key element in the project design is the bond between the landscape and the architecture,” Avjian said, adding that the resort is nestled into a hillside, with the gentle slopes and rolling hills giving way to spectacular panoramic views of the Las Vegas Valley.

Through the use of grand lawns, clustering vignettes of palm trees and foliage native to both the Mediterranean and California coastal regions, the line between architecture and landscape disappears. Together, the two form a magnificent, nature-inspired retreat and resort.

“Each façade of the property has its own identity,” Avjian said. “Looking at the resort as a whole, it has the appearance as a community of seaside villas.”

Avjian added that the individual facades also help a visitor identify the various restaurants and amenities that have inside/outside access, each with their own point of entry.

Grand entryways, enormous glass doors and outdoor patios give each its own identity, much like individual homes.

Other unique design features include hand-troweled Italian plaster containing ground marble dust, lime and natural pigments, which were common ingredients in the Old World.

Reproductions of 18th century Venetian street lanterns adorn the exterior entry facades. Pre-cast moldings were created for all architectural trims, columns and other design elements.

Recessed arched colonnades, 10-foot high French doors with clerestory window transoms, and grand stairways create the ambiance of a grand villa.

Exterior walls and columns are constructed by layering stones in a “dry stack” technique, resembling the California ranch style.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look inside of Green Valley Ranch Station, and what guests can expect from the elegant rooms and common areas.