It’s hard to believe that construction on the Casino Club at The Greenbrier began only 10 months ago. Indeed, it’s a magnificent feat of construction. Photographer Mike Wyatt installed a time-lapse camera that captured the building process from the first shovel of dirt to the re-landscaping of the main entrance. Of particular interest in the below video, which squeezes the whole 10 months into a little over 3 minutes, are the massive snow storms we experienced in December of 2009 and January of 2010.
Some Raw Statistics of the construction of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier:
• There were 130,000 cubic yards of excavation with 18,000 cubic yards of dirt put back on the site
• Over 50,000 tons of stone were used
• Six tenths of a mile of cobblestone curbing were laid
• Over 70,000 brick pavers were used
• The project includes one mile of storm piping
• 17,060 Cubic yards of concrete were used (this is enough concrete to pave a sidewalk from The Greenbrier to Beckley)
• 980 tons of reinforcing steel were used
• 2,500 tons of structural steel were used in the project
• One mile of cast iron pipe, two miles of domestic water pipe and two miles of mechanical piping were used
• 65 miles of new fiber optic and copper data communication cables were installed.
• 92 tons of sheet metal were used
• 960 tons of cooling capacity was built
• 19 miles of conduit and 100 miles of wire were used
• 1.5 megawatts of power generation capability was built to handle emergency electrical needs
• Seven miles of crown molding are found throughout the project
On July 2nd the world will be introduced to the new standard in luxury gaming. The Casino Club at The Greenbrier will host its opening night festivities that evening – a black-tie affair that offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of history, as it is made, at The Greenbrier.
The evening includes an intimate performance by the one and only Lionel Richie, a gourmet dinner that features the finest in American culinary arts, complimentary beverages and $300 in casino match play per person. Attendees will also receive a historic commemorative gift.
TICKET AND ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES AVAILABLE
Attend this premiere red carpet event and enjoy luxurious overnight accommodations at The Greenbrier. Choose from the following packages:
$1,200 (includes 1 ticket + room)
Single occupancy. Includes 1 ticket.
$2,000 (includes 2 tickets + room)
Double occupancy. Includes 2 tickets.
$850 (1 ticket, no room)
Red Carpet Welcome
6 pm – 8 pm
Intimate Performance by Lionel Richie
8 pm – 9 pm
Call to Trumpets
Casino Club Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Greenbrier Waltz & Champagne Toast
Let the Games Begin!
10 pm – 4 am
For Room & Ticket information regarding the grand opening for the Casino Club at The Greenbrier, please call Janet Jarrell at 304-647-6440.
EXTEND THE CELEBRATION AT THE GREENBRIER
Kick off the party of the century early—or extend your fun afterward—with these special room rates at The Greenbrier.
July 1, 2010
Rooms starting at $249
July 3 –4, 2010
$400 per night if you buy Grand Opening Tickets
Corie Lynch, The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s winter intern, presents the third installment of her series of “Reasons I Love The Greenbrier…And So Should You.”
The first time I toured The Greenbrier’s bunker was in 1998, but I was 9 years old and Sesame Street was my favorite show. Needless to say, I didn’t exactly grasp the significance of the bunker and the depth (no pun intended) it added to The Greenbrier’s history. It was built in the 1950s as an emergency relocation center for the U.S. congress in the event of a national crisis. It was kept classified for more than 30 years, but now the vault door is open and the bunker makes a great tour. The other day I took the 90 minute tour with a lovely couple from New England and was surprised at how much I didn’t know about the bunker. For example, it cost $14 million to build, and some places are 60 feet below the ground. President Eisenhower even scheduled visits to The Greenbrier to secretly talk about the production of the bunker. And all this time I thought President Eisenhower simply enjoyed relaxing by the mountains and playing a few rounds of golf. So, if you are looking for an interesting, 3-D history lesson, the bunker tour is the place to get your fill. Why settle for reading about it when you can experience this national treasure yourself?
The New York Times featured The Greenbrier in its Comings And Goings section on Sunday, May 3rd! The article, titled “Time to Get Mom Out of the House” highlights upcoming Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 10th and where you still have time to whisk Mom away for a little pampering.
Check it out by clicking HERE.