The El Cortez Hotel & Casino, a Downtown Las Vegas icon originally constructed in 1941, is the only existing casino on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is the longest continuously running hotel and casino in Las Vegas and has undergone numerous restorations throughout the years.
The El Cortez partnered with The Korte Company and Design Cell Architecture to facilitate the 95,865-square-foot renovation project which included the remodel of 200 guest rooms and suites, corridors on 14 separate floors, as well as the executive hallway and bathroom.
During the comprehensive, multiphase renovation, a detailed plan was initiated to ensure the El Cortez remained fully operational with minimal disruptions for its guests and staff. Selective demolition throughout the rooms and corridors included the removal of plumbing fixtures, doors, carpet, crown molding and interior non-structural walls as well as limited areas of ceiling.
Improvements included the installation of new casings, entry doors, fixtures, showers, decorative tile and lighting fixtures. Flooring updates included new carpet, ceramic tile and wood planking. Updated bathroom vanities were installed in addition to new restroom and shower walls. The deteriorated waste stack piping was removed and replaced on the 14 remodeled floors as well as the interior main waste line. The affected water control fittings were also replaced.
The scope of work also included the relocation and integration of the fire alarm/sprinkler system and quick response sprinkler heads in both the private rooms and public areas of the corridors. Plumbing, electrical and HVAC components were also modified and relocated to incorporate the new architectural specifications. Additionally, the hotel was upgraded to meet all Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.