2 projects receive design awards
DURANT — Two projects at Choctaw Casino in Durant have received distinguished design awards from Global Gaming Expo, G2E, an international gaming conference. The expo's Casino Design Awards recognize excellence in architecture, design and construction in the casino industry. Denver-based WorthGroup Architects was recognized with the Best Architectural Re-Design and Expansion for the $300 million Choctaw Casino expansion, and Best Interior Design for a Casino Resort Restaurant or Nightclub for the recently opened Gilley's at Choctaw Casino.
The expansion design created a world-class grand casino resort that showcases the culture and heritage of the Choctaw Nation through interpretive design and tribal influences. The resort offers 110,000 square feet of gaming space, about 3,000 slot machines, 30 poker tables and 38 other table games, and a AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel tower with 330 rooms and suites. The new Gilley's was designed with an Oklahoma cowboy/honky-tonk twist.
World Neighbors seeks new home
World Neighbors is looking for a new home in Oklahoma City and has put its current headquarters at 4127 NW 122 on the market. Wiggin Properties LLC has the listing for the 11,000-square-foot building, which nonprofit World Neighbors has owned since 1991. The international development organization said it is seeking a location to increase its presence and raise the visibility of the World Neighbors WorldFest shop of fair-trade products.
“The real estate market within Oklahoma City has improved dramatically over the past few years, particularly in the area where World Neighbors currently exists, opening the door to a cost-effective move for the organization,” said Melanie Macdonald, president and CEO. “We have decades of sweet memories in our current building and are so grateful for the supporters who made it possible for us to make our home here. Now we are excited about what the future holds for us with a new location.”
Realtors group hires CEO
The Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors has hired Shane Johnson as CEO effective Nov. 15, said Lorna Koeninger, president. Johnson has worked with Realtors groups for a decade, most recently as CEO of Quad City Area Realtor Association in Bettendorf, Iowa. Before that, he was CEO of St. Charles, Mo., Association of Realtors near St. Louis. Previously, Johnson was deputy chief of staff for former U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa.
Johnson grew up on a small farm in central Iowa, graduated from the Agriculture College of Iowa State University and holds a law degree from the University of Wyoming. He is a certified instructor for both Dale Carnegie Training and At Home with Diversity. He is active in the National Association of Realtors.