BORGATA HOTEL CASINO
LOCATION: ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
CLIENT: MIRAGE RESORTS
MARKET SECTOR: HOSPITALITY
SIZE: 50 ACRES
PS&S provided full-service environmental planning and site engineering for the Huron North Redevelopment Area (HNRA) and Borgata Hotel Casino Facility in Atlantic City.
After obtaining the rights to redevelop the HNRA at the site of the old Atlantic City municipal landfill, Mirage Resorts turned to PS&S to help maximize the available land, which would involve closing the landfill, developing geotechnical solutions for future structures, and designing the site to accommodate a number of potential future projects.
The closure of the landfill, control of landfill gases, the presence of wetland areas and endangered species, and the proposed “mega-casino”-type structures all presented permitting hurdles for this massive development. Geotechnical challenges included long-term settlement issues of the site as well as determination of effective foundation systems for the high-rise structures.
THE PS&S SOLUTION
PS&S conducted a comprehensive remedial investigation and delineation of regulated natural features on the site. Primary regulatory constraints evaluated included regulated wetlands, flood zone and high-velocity wave run-up areas, critical wildlife habitat, and issues associated with landfill disruption. Through this process, PS&S was able to maximize the available land for development, increasing the potential redevelopment area threefold from original estimates.
The Borgata was the first project to be built and includes high-rise hotels, extensive gaming, retail stores, restaurants and other entertainment venue, along with several garages.
PS&S's work spanned across permit applications, landfill closure plans, foundation design, methane venting systems, and engineering to support utility infrastructure. Geotechnical issues related to landfill closure included the implementation of site improvement measures, including deep dynamic compaction, wick drains, and a surcharge fill program. Civil engineering associated with roadways, signage, landscaping, utilities, and waterfront walkway was conducted to finish the site.