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Peppermill Resort and Casino: More bells and whistles than a one-armed bandit

Courtesy Peppermill Resort and Casino

RENO, Nev. — Bells and whistles are common in casinos but not necessarily in the meeting rooms of casino resorts. However, a new 17th-floor executive boardroom at Peppermill Resort and Casino is the gaming floor‘s equal in terms of glitz, glamour and, most importantly, technology.

The resort spent $2 million to build and outfit the two-story, 4,000-square-foot boardroom, which looks like it was lifted out of a Vanderbilt mansion, with its walnut-paneled walls, coffered wood ceilings, artwork, handmade leather chairs, Italian marble counters and imported lighting.

Its size and built-in features allow the two-level boardroom to be used in many ways: for example, as a gathering space for top executives, as a private dining space for working lunches or as a videoconferencing command center.

In the upstairs boardroom, a board table is outfitted with 26 workstations with writing blotters and one-touch lighting. An additional 20 chairs bring capacity to 46.

Data ports that pop up from the tabletop ensure that network connections, laptop alternating-current power and built-in video distribution are handy to each attendee. Six 65-inch flat screens flank two sides of the table; there is also a 160-inch digital cinema-grade screen viewable from an 8,000-lumen high-definition video projector. Video productions are enhanced by a digital sound system with 7.1 surround sound. A video teleconference system can stream up to a 1,000-person webinar and up to a five-connection, bidirectional HD video teleconference.

The room’s lighting, window coverings and temperature are all controlled through a remote wireless iPad touch screen. A turnkey business center, a restroom and a banquet service station complete the upstairs suite, which, like the downstairs area, has wide views of the Reno area.

A spiral staircase connects the two floors. Downstairs, the function area includes a full-service banquet station, a bar and round dining tables for cocktails, luncheons or dinners. A 65-inch HD screen and a sound system are connected to displays in the upstairs boardroom.