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Isle of Capri

Cape Girardeau, Missouri


Project Details

Isle of Capri Casino, Inc.

Project Size:
160,000 sf

This project consists of a casino complex and a 1000+ space surface parking lot. Amenities include a buffet, casual restaurant, express food venue, and an entertainment bar with an indoor/outdoor deck. Back of house offices and support facilities, a multi-function room and structural provisions for a future 200+ room hotel are also included in the project.

Isle of Capri Cape Girardeau wins Award of Excellence
The Structural Engineering Association of Northern California (SEAONC) and the Structural Engineering Association of California (SEAOC) presented an Award of Excellence in New Construction to the Isle of Capri Cape Girardeau. This casino complex was built in Cape Girardeau, a college community on the banks of the Mississippi River in southeastern Missouri. The site is in the zone of influence of the New Madrid Fault system and is subject to frequent earthquakes which cause sand boils and liquefaction in a major earthquake. The structural engineer, Gregory P. Luth Engineers, provided state-of-the-art Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering design for the base building structure, guided the design team in fulfilling the code requirements for non-structural elements, provided innovative bracing methodologies to reduce the cost of bracing ceilings and MEP equipment, and provided the design for the light gage and miscellaneous steel supporting architectural theming elements.


  • To mitigate liquefaction, the site was treated with a gird of stone columns
  • The casino is on a precast concrete barge floating inside an 8 ft. basin
  • The basin sidewalls are design to absorb the impact from the barge
  • The roof over the barge is supported on 4 columns on the basin slab and isolated from the barge structure.