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The El Cortez Hotel & Casino, originally constructed in 1941, is an iconic Downtown Las Vegas cornerstone, and is the only existing casino to be placed on the National Register of Historical Places. The historic hotel is the longest continuously running hotel and casino in the city of 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, multi-phase 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 tilework 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 ADA requirements.

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Project Details
  • Entertainment
  • Housing
  • Renovations & Additions
  • El Cortez Hotel & Casino
  • Design Cell Architecture
  • General Contracting
  • 33,800 square feet
  • Las Vegas, NV


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