Suffolk Downs, the Boston-based Thoroughbred racetrack currently seeking a casino license, announced this week a sweeping plan to revitalize the concrete landscape surrounding its historic facility with a 40-acre green space, which would be developed should a casino license be granted.
Caesars Resort at Suffolk Downs, its landscape architect Sasaki Associates and architect of record Elkus Manfredi unveiled their vision for a resort design that will restore many of the original natural environmental features of the property, while improving water quality in the area and committing to a sustainable/green design, officials stated in a press release.
Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer of the racetrack where Seabiscuit once ran, stated in a press release that the concrete grounds surrounding the facility would be transformed with a landscape design investment of between $10 and $15 million, ultimately resulting in a lush oasis that offers “more green than the Boston Common.”
“Our landscape design is both restorative and transformative, creating an ecological experience that our guests, neighbors and the public can enjoy,” Tuttle states in a March 6 release. “One of the advantages of a 161-acre site is that, in addition to the one-mile racetrack and infield, we can create 40 acres of open space for public use and connect our development to neighboring recreational areas.”
He adds, “As we work to set the standard for gaming development in Massachusetts, Caesars Resort at Suffolk Downs aspires to create a new level of excellence in sustainable design for gaming development projects in the U.S.”
To attain the goal of LEED Gold certification, which is awarded to developments that incorporate environmental sustainability to designs, Caesars at Suffolk Downs is pursuing several green initiatives, including solar panels, rain water harvesting, and possible anaerobic digestion of the project’s projected waste streams, the press release stated.
Green initiatives include the following:
- Photovoltaics (Solar Panels) – Being evaluated for a 1.5-2.5MW Solar PV array.
- Combined Heat and Power (CHP) – Also known as cogeneration, is being analyzed for use in the lighting, heating and cooling of the project site.
- Rain Water Harvesting – The project will be capturing and reusing rainwater from the facilities’ roofs.
- Anaerobic Digestion – The resort’s projected waste streams are being analyzed to determine the potential for supporting either an onsite or offsite anaerobic digestion system.
- Geothermal – A review of the recently completed site geotechnical report is underway to evaluate the feasibility of geothermal energy.
- Rooftop Garden – The project team is studying the viability of installing rooftop hydroponic garden greenhouses that act as a green roof and have the ability to produce fresh herbs and vegetables for the resort’s restaurants directly on site.