Horseshoe Casino Baltimore Earns LEED Gold Certification
- Oct 19, 2014
By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Baltimore’s new Horseshoe Casino is now LEED Gold certified. The $442 million project is the first in Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio to achieve this level of certification. It is also one of only four casinos in the United States to be LEED certified.
The project broke ground last May. Horseshoe Baltimore was developed along Russell Street. It stands two stories tall and offers 335,000 square feet of space. The $442 million project opened on August 26, bringing with it more than 2,500 slots, 100 table games and 1,700 full time jobs.
Horseshoe Baltimore received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council after it achieved a score of 61 out of a possible 100. Gold is the second-highest rating a building can earn. In order to be LEED Gold certified, a project must receive between 60 and 79 points. Projects that earn over 80 points are LEED Platinum certified.
According to Caesar Entertainment, the casino’s sustainable features exceed the city standards requiring buildings to be at least LEED Silver certified. Horseshoe Baltimore’s green highlights include:
- A design that enables it to collect and store storm water;
- More than 49% of the materials used in construction were extracted and manufactured locally and roughly a quarter of them contained recycled content;
- 97% of the project’s construction waste was diverted from landfills.
Caesars Entertainment also announced that another of its developments, The LINQ Las Vegas, has been LEED Silver Certified. The company said it is pursuing LEED certification for all of its existing buildings in Nevada.
“As soon as we start the planning process for our new developments, we are considering ways to make our buildings part of a sustainable future,” Greg Miller, Caesars Entertainment executive vice president of domestic development, said in a press statement. “By considering building elements’ energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, and materials, we are creating healthy, vibrant places for our guests to relax and play, and for our employees to work.”
Photo credit: Horseshoe Casino Baltimore