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Happy Anniversary!

It was some anniversary present.When the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s Mystic Lake Casino Hotel opened the Mystic Lake Center in 2018, it celebrated the property’s first 25 years of operations.Welcome to the encore. Two years later, the project is a big hit, drawing visitors in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region to visual splendor.Developed during WORTHGROUP […]

Discover. Collaborate. Deliver.

WORTHGROUP Architects & Designers specializes in design and planning for diverse project types, and are authorities in commercial projects including hospitality, gaming, retail and mixed-use, community and well building and industrial design. Since opening its doors in 1990, WORTHGROUP has delivered hundreds of innovative designs both nationally and internationally. Renovating an existing facility or designing […]

In Observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Warm a Heart Participation

As we near the end of breast cancer awareness month, we wanted to share photos of this carefully crafted artwork created by our very own Project Architect, Laurissa Gibson. This bag was hand sewn and donated in participation of the “Warm a Heart” event organized by Denver Design Community in partnership with Denver Health Foundation. […]

Breaking the Barriers of Modular Construction, an Architectural and Design Perspective

Modular Construction and Design Modular construction is a process where portions or elements of a building are constructed off-site under controlled conditions and later transported to the project site. Once transported to the project site, the constructed modular parts are set in place and stitched together to form the building’s structure. A common misconception is […]

Lucky Star Casino Ground Breaking Held for New Hotel - Watonga, OK

(Watonga, OK) WORTHGROUP Architects & Designers in association with New Fire Native Design Group were honored to take part in the recent celebratory groundbreaking event held for the new Lucky Star Casino Watonga Hotel & Convention Center. As the first Hotel for the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, this event was a special moment for the […]

WORTHGROUP Architects & Designers Announces Opening of Las Vegas Office

Denver-based architecture and interior design firm, WORTHGROUP has announced the opening of their Las Vegas office. Founded in Reno, NV in 1990 WORTHGROUP has garnered valued partnerships, both nationally and internationally, as a trusted partner in the industry. The Las Vegas office intends to further diversify their portfolio and strengthen their position in Las Vegas’ […]

aLoft Hotel Ground Breaking Celebration Held in Westminster, CO

WORTHGROUP Architects & Designers, along with Brinkman, Brinkman Construction and other limited partners, recently took part in the celebratory groundbreaking event for aLoft Hotel in Westminster, CO. This Marriott branded Hotel will be located within The Orchard Town Center. Sitting at five stories high, and totaling 58,000 sqft, the new aLoft Hotel will include 120 […]

Shaping Minds and Bodies: The New and Improved E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

The team of WORTHGROUP Architects & Designers (WGA) with Hastings + Chivetta was selected as the design team for the new E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center project at the University of Nevada, Reno Campus. The new $40 M state-of–the-art 150,000 s.f. center will nearly triple the space dedicated to fitness at the University of Nevada, Reno. […]

The Benefactors of Wiegand

The center is a result of an $8 million gift to the University from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation. Founded in 1982 by E.L. Wiegand the foundation’s purpose is “to develop and strengthen programs and projects: at educational institutions in the academic areas of science, business, fine arts, law, and medicine; and at health institutions in […]

5 Take-Aways from NEWH Leadership Conference

Rather than the Select Service Hotels of yesterday, brands are now offering Full Service Experiences that weave in the local neighborhood and create engaging moments. For example, large hotel brands might have two restaurants in-house instead of six to encourage guests to explore local cuisines. Partnering with local chefs, some hotel brands are crafting curated […]

Travis Bryan, CEO

As of January 1, 2017, WORTHGROUP Architects & Designers has a new CEO. Travis Bryan, AIA has been a dedicated member of the WORTHGROUP team for over ten years and has been preparing to step into the role by implementing strong growth strategies and leading the firm’s technological advances. Founder and majority shareholder, Doug Worth […]

Discovering the Design Story

Discovering a project’s design story relies heavily on the ability to LISTEN. We listen to our clients; learn their history and what they see for their future. We listen to the community; determine their pain points and concerns so we can address them through mindful design. We listen to the place; learn the significance of […]

Responsive Design Encourages Iconic Solutions

In the March 2017 Issue of Building Dialogue Magazine, Partner and Chief Design Officer Bryan Hamlin talks about WORTHGROUP’s responsive design practice and its revival concept for the iconic 1st Avenue Hotel.

Interactive Reality

WORTHGROUP has launched its latest evolution of its innovative Virtual Reality design technology – Interactive Reality.  Now a more portable, inclusive, and interactive experience designed to run on laptops and tablets, this extension of the fully immersive goggle experience has enhanced capabilities. With a simple click, viewers can move anywhere within the space, switching on […]

U. of Nevada Unveils E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

U. of Nevada Unveils E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center by Jason Scott  February 2017 Rendering courtesy WORTHGROUP Architect & Designers.Last week, more than 200 students were on hand to be among the first to get a workout in at the University of Nevada, Reno’s $47.5 million E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center.The center was officially opened to the campus […]

Top 5 Design Trends to Watch in 2017

Hospitality Design is constantly evolving to differentiate the brand and elevate the guest experience. Interior Designer and Hospitality Specialist Maui Sandoval shares her insight on 5 design trends to watch in 2017.Color Me BoldVibrant accents of color are a trend we’ve been seeing in hospitality design. The base palette is often muted, neutral tones brought […]

The Latest in Sports Book Design

The Latest in Sports Book DesignThe Silver Legacy Race & Sports Book, one of WORTHGROUP’s latest Reno projects, opened with an official ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday for the first NFL regular season game. This is one of several Sports Book renovation projects our firm has recently undertaken. With the rise of eSports betting, many […]

Cultivating Creative Living

Cultivating Creative LivingWORTHGROUP Architects and Designers is made up of a collaborative team of creatives, who spend each day actively engaging in design thinking. However, living creatively goes beyond the artistic “making “of a visual or tangible representation of your creativeness. Every person is creative whether or not they realize it. Picasso said, “Every child […]

How Virtual Reality is Driving Trends in Hospitality

Hawaii, Chile or maybe Bhutan? Marriott, Hilton or Airbnb? Virtual Reality is taking the guess work out of travel and in turn, is changing the hospitality industry. Recently released to the public, the new VR technology is revolutionizing how we interact with our environment. These advancements are not only impacting how we entertain and how […]

Construction Underway for Mystic Lake Hotel and Convention Center Project

After a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning, construction on the Mystic Lake Hotel Tower and Convention Center in Minnesota is underway. Designed by Denver based Architecture and Design Firm WORTHGROUP, the twelve-story hotel tower will make Mystic Lake the second-largest hotel in the Twin Cities. The adjoining convention center will include 70,000 square feet of event and meeting space. The program includes […]

Construction in Indian Country - Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Decision-Making Process

SMSC Land-Use Plan Decision-Making Process Case StudyThis comprehensive, process-driven case study of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Master Plan delves into the process, development, design and implementation of this holistic Community plan. Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community representative, Andrew Vig and WORTHGROUP Principal/Architect, James Dee Rendon will illustrate the collaborative process of the design effort from […]

Virtual Reality Reveals the Shape of Things to Come for Architects, Designers and Clients

3-D animation for the visualization of architecture and interior design concepts is not a brand-new methodology. Utilization of these essential communication tools has irrefutably become an expected and integral part of the design process for clients across all disciplines and sectors.In fact, the industry is on the cusp of a fantastic leap into fully immersive […]

Architectural Intern Wins Third Place in ACSA Steel Competition

Congratulations to WORTHGROUP’s own Nicholas Fish, for placing 3rd out of 500 submissions in the ACSA Steel Design Competition. Teaming with fellow peers, Junye Zhou and Tony Tai-An Yue, and guided by professor Huang, the competition challenged participants to design a contemporary library using steel construction. Below is the concept and images of their project, […]

25 Years of Visualization Technology Excellence

Looking toward the next 25 years!WORTHGROUP is proud to be one of the early-adapters to new technology in the architecture & design industry. We’re always pushing the envelope to bring forth the most innovative technologies to provide design concepts and marketing pieces for our clients.Modeling and animation tools have been integral to our design approach […]

WORTHGROUP Welcomes Interior Designer

DENVER, CO – September 28 – WORTHGROUP Architects & Designers is thrilled to welcome Emelia Jost, NCIDQ, Associate AIA, LEED AP, to the firm as interior designer.Credentialed by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), the industry’s highest standard of excellence in the practice of interior design, Jost brings to the firm experience and […]

Architect for Hire (Part 2)

Fee Negotiation 101 is not part of the curriculum for any architectural degree program that I’m aware of. It should be. The price we charge and the services we’re providing are key elements of the client transaction. Without a successful negotiation on fees, there is no project. Although successful may be a poor choice of […]

You Just Graduated College with a Degree in Architecture - Now What?

College graduation is just around the corner for many students – for some it has already happened. It is an exciting time for young adults as they enter the work force and start their careers. For those graduating hoping to become architects, there are a few more steps necessary before one can start a career […]

Universities and Architecture

In celebration of College Day in Colorado, WORTHGROUP is highlighting some famous architecture from colleges around the country and throughout history!Did you know more than one university claims to be the first university in the United States? Harvard was founded in 1637 , but College of William and Mary is the first college to become […]

Millennials, Technology, and Authenticity: Hotel Trends 2015

When it comes to the top design trends for new hotels in 2015, it is all about catering to the millennials.  The millennials are a growing group and expected to represent 50% of all travelers in 2015; and they have expectations when they travel – authenticity in guest experience and convenience through technology.Millennial travelers want […]

Architect for Hire

A Brief History of FeesEver asked your doctor for a bid?  How about an attorney?  If so, it’s unlikely you received a satisfactory response.  Providing a cost for services before you know the full scope of the work involved is risky business.  Even contractors, whose pricing structure is more consistent with an architect’s than our […]

How Improving Air Quality in Casinos Increases Customer and Staff Comfort

Millions of Americans visit casinos to unwind and test their luck against the hands of fate and according to a new study by scientists from Stanford and Tufts universities published in the journal Environmental Research, each year 50 million nonsmoking casino patrons and 400,000 nonsmoking casino workers are inside casinos that allow smoking.It’s no secret […]

Beyond Final Renderings; Using 3d Modeling Software to Design

3d digital modeling all harkens back to Legos for me. No, not the fancy preset kits of today’s Legos with specialized parts to build one specific model, but that big bin full of assorted blocks ranging from the easy to lose 1×1’s to the bulky 2×8’s. That bin of Legos contained all the possibilities in […]

WORTHGROUP Takes Animation to a New Level

Taking our animations to the next level has always been our primary goal. Animations are one of our most impactful tools for communicating with our clients, helping them to experience their vision come to life in 3D.With software becoming more advanced in the industry, our ability to create astonishing renderings is closer to a reality.  With […]

Trends, Tools and Technology in Restaurant Design

While at the Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas this year, I had the opportunity to listen in on a conference session titled ‘Dining’s New Direction’ (Speakers: Alessandro Munge, Principal at Munge Leung, Ralph Gentile, Principal at Ralph Gentile Architects, Stephen Francis Jones, Principal at SF Jones Architects, Glen Coben, Principal/Founder of Glen & Co. Architecture).With […]