Rock Island, IL, isn’t on my radar. Though it and I are both in the Land of Lincoln, it’s out west, on the Mississippi River, while I’m east, in Chicago, on Lake Michigan. When I do think of my fellow Prairie State metropolis, it’s along the lines of Quad Cities or Rock Island Railroad, not high-stakes gambling.
Then a press release crossed my desk about Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in that fair city. The $151 million complex consists of a 170,000-sq.-ft. casino/entertainment center, and a five-story, 205-room hotel. It opened in December 2008. The photos are stunning. The casino changes colors in broad daylight, according to the release, because the aluminum-composite material (ACM) skin changes colors as different wavelengths of light are reflected back to the viewer’s eye.
“With each shift of the sun and clouds, it changes color, from red to orange to almost brown,” said Guy Davidson, KKE Architects, Minneapolis.
Jumer’s is clad in two colors of Alucobond ACM—Spectra Cupral and Texas Copper. Alcan Composites USA, Mooresville, NC, makes the product, which consists of two sheets of 0.02-inch-thick aluminum thermobonded to a plastic core. General contractor was Kraus-Anderson Construction, Minneapolis. M.G. McGrath Architectural Sheet Metal, Maplewood, MN, and SGH, Omaha, NE, installed the material.
I feel a road trip coming on.—Jim Carper