As Northern Quest Resort & Casino put the final touches on its expansion and remodeling project, COST was working on the new water features within the grand plaza area. Guests entering on Northern Quest Drive are welcomed by three dramatic fountain features, lush landscaping, decorative paving along with gathering spaces.
Elements of the Northern Quest Water Fountain Design
The most prominent element includes a two-tiered circular water feature. The feature boasts several frothing fountains and scuppers that provide great visibility and excellent water circulation. The fountains are up-lit during the evening hours which allows for nice light transfer above and within the pool. Stylized art forms adorn the upper pool while decorative metal reeds accent the lower ring. Artistic signage highlighting cultural stories are pinned to the interior pool wall. The rubbed concrete finish delivers a clean architectural look without detracting from the sculptural pieces.
Further west, casino patrons will see two decorative concrete pads each with eleven laminar flow fountain jets. The laminar flow heads project water fountains up to 5‘ tall. Anemometers were installed to limit fountain heights during bouts of high winds. Internal color changing up-lighting within each fountainhead provides a brilliant and colorful evening display.
COST’s Role in the Casino Water Feature Fabrication
COST was contracted initially to perform design-assist services for mechanical, lighting, and structural details. Upon shop drawing approval, our scope was expanded to include the construction of vaults, surge tanks, re-circulation piping, mechanical systems, fountain heads, lighting, decorative concrete slabs, concrete pools, waterproofing, and finishes.
Northern Quest provided us an opportunity to work with our eleventh tribe in Washington State. These fountain features are COST’s 46th tribal gaming project.
The project team included Lydig Construction, ALSC Architects, and Parametrix (landscape architect).