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Lifescapes International completes 4.5-acre design for $300 million expansion of the West Coast's largest casino and resort


Last updated 7/1/2018 at 10:44pm


Lifescapes International has recently completed a landscape design for the $300 million expansion of the Pechanga Resort Casino, the largest Four-Diamond casino resort on the West Coast.

TEMECULA – Lifescapes International, the landscape architectural firm responsible for iconic resort and casino landscapes such as the Bellagio and the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, has recently completed a landscape design for the $300 million expansion of the Pechanga Resort Casino, which makes it the largest Four-Diamond casino resort on the West Coast.

"Pechanga's new expansion delivers a premium resort guest experience that sets it apart in the industry," Roger Voettiner, Lifescapes International's vice president of design, said. "We have created a luxurious atmosphere comprised of multiple pools and spas, all with unique offerings; spacious event lawns, intimate dining patios and lush, culturally-inspired gardens, giving guests a variety of options for relaxation and entertainment."

The project, which doubled the size of the resort by adding an additional 568 rooms and suites, includes the addition of five pools, a poolside dining area and swim-up bar, family pool with slide and beach entry, four whirlpool spas – one with a natural rock waterfall feature – a two-story standalone luxury spa, two new restaurants and a green roof garden and zen space that features native plant species, private patios and Native American art installations atop a new 40,000 square-foot ballroom.

"This project is thoughtfully designed and will serve as a beautiful homage to the culture and history of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, who have inhabited the Temecula Valley for thousands of years," Al Amador, senior principal and project designer at Lifescapes International, said. "Incorporating this rich history was a priority in our design process and delivered a depth of inspiration that connects the design to the local community."

For example, during the expansion, Lifescapes realized that several existing oak trees, with up to 60-foot-wide canopies, had to be moved to accommodate several elements of the design.  The trees, however, are sacred to the Pechanga people.

"We immediately went to the leaders of the community to discuss and determine a solution that would preserve the sanctity of these existing trees," Amador said. "Ultimately, we relocated each tree, carefully placing them throughout the grounds to deliver respect and honor to the Pechanga community."

Lifescapes relocated 18 large specimen trees in total and also installed an additional 10,260 trees and shrubs, while integrating sustainable plant materials throughout the property.

"Sustainability is always a focus in our designs," Amador said. "Pechanga is situated in a region with intense heat and direct sunlight, making the infusion of drought-tolerant plants crucial to the success of this design. We have created a careful balance between drought-tolerant and lush garden elements, resulting in an energy-efficient, healthy landscape that guests can enjoy regardless of local weather conditions."

Pechanga Resort Casino officially broke ground on its expansion in December 2015; the new hotel tower opened in December 2017 and the pool complex opened March 2018.

Lifescapes International's design for this project was a team effort by Donald Brinkerhoff, a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, chairman and CEO; lead designer Al Amador, Senior Project Manager Marianne Mastroianni, Horticulture Specialist Roger Voettiner, Field Landscape Architect Berj Behesnilian and project managers Fernando Ortiz and Spencer Louie.

Delawie served as the architect for the expansion, with Tutor Perini as general contractor.

Pechanga Resort Casino is located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula.

Lifescapes International is an internationally recognized landscape architectural firm that has become an influential force in the industry through its design of innovative, creative and trendsetting landscape environments. For nearly 60 years, the company has remained true to its mantra: "We Create Gardens People Love."

Recognized as trendsetters designing resorts and hotels, casinos, multifamily and retail and mixed-use projects, Lifescapes has designed notable projects including hotels Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, The Mirage, Bellagio and Red Rock Resort & Spa, as well as retail projects The Grove, Rockefeller Center Channel Gardens and The Village at Meridian, among many others. Additional information on the firm is available at


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