HOW JBA CLEARED THE AIR OF TOBACCO SMOKE IN THE FLAGSHIP NAVAJO CASINO
According to the American Casino Guide, smoking is one of the top five complaints guests have about casinos. Yet the properties are caught in a bind: banning the practice might alienate many loyal customers, but it’s hard to accommodate non-smokers without doing so.
At the new Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort outside Flagstaff, Trusted Advisor™ Ron Edwards was able to provide a unique HVAC design optimized for cigarette smoke removal.
- Twin Arrows is an exceptionally beautiful property.
- Its sleek, contemporary Southwest design reflects important elements of tribal culture.
- The 270,000 square foot resort reflects the latest thinking in entertainment as well.
- The casino includes more than 1,000 slot machines, table games and the region’s premier poker room.
- Two hotel towers, a meeting center and restaurants are also included.
The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise was concerned with all aspects of the guest experience, but air quality was of special concern, given that they planned to allow smoking. Other challenges:
- The owners asked that the property be designed to LEED and Green Globes energy standards.
- The design team agreed that the perception that the casino was a smoky environment might affect guest comfort almost as much as actual smoke.
- The interiors team had created a series of dramatic, Navajo-themed design elements to hold light fixtures – yet in doing so created places for smoke to visibly collect.
JBA Trusted Advisors provided all mechanical, electrical and plumbing designs for the property, yet the casino air handling systems are especially unique.
- 100% outside air enters through an underfloor supply air system.
- Exhaust air exits from the ceiling, carrying smoke up and away from guests.
- Enthalpy wheels transfer heat between incoming and outgoing air, dramatically reducing the need to cool outside air in the summer or heat it in the winter –meeting energy standards without the need to recirculate stale, smoky air.
- JBA worked with interior designers to coordinate ceiling colors and perforate ceiling elements to prevent them from trapping upward-rising smoke, thus preventing the visual perception that the space was full of smoke.