Delaware Waterfront Casino

Responding to Pennsylvania’s new gaming initiative, Cope Linder Architects produced a complete long-range development master plan encompassing a three square block area along the Philadelphia Delaware Riverfront.

The plan was successful in supporting the SugarHouse Casino license approval, the first gaming license to be awarded in Philadelphia. CLA’s planning process included extensive technical engineering analysis and a thorough investigation of the most suitable program elements, physical configurations, and development sequence. CLA presented the plan to multiple government agencies and civic organizations resulting, ultimately, in decisive positive support.

Through this process, a number of critical issues emerged to shape the final plan, including a commitment to repair the city’s neglected waterfront storm sewer infrastructure and creation of a new public access promenade along the river’s edge.

The plan envisions a 3.3-million-sf mixed-use program including a 3,000-slot gaming floor with related dining, entertainment, and support functions; 250,000 sf of retail; multiple hotel towers; conference and banquet facilities; a residential tower; and structured parking to support these functions. With the initial development phase complete and SugarHouse Casino in operation, a second phase designed by CLA is now under construction.

Owner / Client: Rush Street Gaming / HSP Gaming