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Choctaw Casino and Resort
Durant, Okla.

Architect: JCJ Architecture
Aquatics Designer/Consultant: Aquatic Design Group
Landscape Architect: Lifescapes International
Pool/Spa Water Feature Contractor: Allison Landscape and Pool
General Contractor: Tutor Perini Building Corp.
Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer: NV5
Site and Civil Engineer: Barker and Associates
Structural Engineer: Chavez-Grieves Consulting, Desimone

Choctaw Casino and Resort

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2023 Dream Designs
Choctaw Casino and Resort
Durant, Okla.
Category: Hotel/resort

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Among the goals of this design, the casino-resort was looking for more family-friendly amenities to attract a broader audience, while still appealing to the more traditional, grown-up crowd.

Features include a new aquatics area with two ultramodern pools – the family-friendly version taking center stage, and one for adults only.

Safe in the tropics

The family pool features a zero-depth entry, shallower depths, warmer water and more gradually sloping floors. In-water benches provide places for parents to watch their children as they enjoy a wet play area and two water slides.

Fun amenities such as a water slide and interactive sprays provide a safe, non-intimidating place for children to explore the water.

For safety, the pool is designed with clear lines of sight, not only so lifeguards can carefully monitor the area, but also so parents and guardians with more than one child can easily watch multiple spots.

More color adds a livelier, more energetic feeling.

An adults-only area provides a quiet alternative. Designed for a tropical and luxurious feel, it features a swim-up bar, hot tubs, and plenty of padded lounges and cabanas on the deck. Guests can order food from a server or use the nearby restaurant. Lounge ledges inside the pool promote relaxing, conversation and enjoying a drink in the water.

The color scheme of blues, greens and tans adds to the oasis atmosphere. Colorful LED lighting is placed along the water’s edge for color and texture. Creative uplighting was used to showcase the unique geometric shape of the swim-up bar’s canopy.

The pools were designed not only for their use, but also to enhance views on the property. An event lawn and food venues are placed to overlook the pools, so they can still enjoy the water even if they don’t go into it. The long, curvilinear shapes of the pools create the feeling of meandering water throughout the landscape and to complement the existing oasis pool. Concrete pots with colorful blooms and lush green palm trees add to the tropical theme.

Outside the water, the 3-acre pool area includes more than 50 poolside cabanas and 750 chaise longue chairs, as well as in-pool seating, food vendors, and three outdoor bars.

Control Systems: BECS, Mountjoy Aquatics
Filtration: Fluidra, Mountjoy Aquatics
Guard Chairs/Safety Equipment: Radnor, Marine Rescue, Kemp/Poolstyle, Pentair, Sogn Machine, CJ Aquatics
Heaters: Raypak, Mountjoy Aquatics
Interactive Water Features: Waterplay
Pool Cleaner: Lincoln Aquatics
Pumps: Pentair
Slides: Splashtacular