Monday, December 9, 2019

Drinker Biddle Expands Real Estate Practice in Dallas, TX With Addition of Allen Dickey

Allen J. Dickey

DALLAS, TX, Dec. 9, 2019 — Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP today announced that Allen J. Dickey has joined the Dallas office as a partner in the Real Estate group. Dickey comes to the firm from Polsinelli. He is the 28th partner to join Drinker Biddle this year.

Dickey is a real estate transactional lawyer with experience leading a wide range of complex deals.

Andrew C. Kassner

“Allen’s finance perspective and high-level experience in the commercial real estate space will provide immediate value to our clients in Texas and across the country,” said Andrew C. Kassner, Drinker Biddle’s chairman and CEO.

“His ability to help clients strategically navigate complex transactions further strengthens our national Real Estate group and growing Dallas office. We are pleased to welcome Allen to the firm.”

“Allen’s background as both a real estate finance lawyer and commercial real estate broker gives him a pragmatic, client-centric approach to structuring deals,” said David A. Ebby, chair of the firm’s Real Estate group.

David A. Ebby

 “His broad capabilities, particularly in the growing mezzanine finance arena, and proven track record of success make him an ideal fit for our thriving national team.”

Dickey earned both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Southern Methodist University. While an undergraduate, he was selected as a University Scholar. In law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the NAFTA Law & Business Review of the Americas.

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Construction for Vegas' Circa Resort & Casino Reaches Halfway Mark; Speeds Toward December 2020 Opening

Derek Stevens
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Las Vegas, NV – Today, CEO and developer Derek Stevens announced that his highly anticipated integrated gaming resort Circa Resort & Casino has reached the halfway mark in its 22-month construction process. 

On track for a December 2020 opening, the project will be the first ground-up gaming resort in historic Downtown Las Vegas since 1980.

“Reaching this milestone for Circa would not be possible without our incredible partners and construction team,” said Stevens. 

The spectacular 1.25 million-square-foot, 777-room property will stand as the tallest structure north of the Las Vegas Strip

“Today we not only celebrate this exciting moment in Circa’s journey, but those who have helped us bring the project to life. I’m proud to deliver something completely new to the Las Vegas experience and can’t wait to open our doors a year from now for everyone to enjoy it.”

Located on the iconic Fremont Street Experience, Circa will honor the timeless spirit of Las Vegas while leading the charge for a bold new era with game-changing offerings. 

The spectacular 1.25 million-square-foot, 777-room property will stand as the tallest structure north of the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas Strip stretches 4.2 miles through Downtown

Merging old-school Las Vegas hospitality with cutting-edge design and technology, Circa will feature first-class amenities, nonstop entertainment, advanced hotel technology and attentive customer service. Circa’s offerings will include the following:

·         World’s Largest Sportsbook – Operated by Stevens’ sports betting venture Circa Sports, the resort’s centerpiece will deliver the best sports-watching experience in Vegas and beyond. Sports fans can enjoy three levels of action taking place on a 78-million-pixel high-definition screen – the largest sportsbook screen in history – while receiving some of the friendliest sportsbook customer service in town. 

The Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) will have its own on-site studio offering bettors in-depth analysis from a roster of experts including broadcasters, industry professionals and athletes.

·         Rooftop Pool Amphitheater – Capitalizing on the sunny Las Vegas weather, one of Circa’s key features will be an outdoor pool amphitheater. Its six rooftop pools will be operated 365 days a year and boast a massive nearly 14-million-pixel screen playing the day’s most exciting games for those who want to float while watching the G.O.A.T. 

Larger groups can partake in one of the pool’s Super Cabanas, which can host up to 50 guests. The venue also will include its own food & beverage venue and music from DJs and special guests.

·         Garage Mahal – Playfully dubbed “Garage Mahal,” Stevens is constructing one of the most high-tech transportation hubs in the city with a focus on customer experience. 

Las Vegas Strip skyline

Designed to deliver the easiest and most convenient experience for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, Garage Mahal also will offer valet and self-parking, in addition to long-term parking for loyal Circa customers.

·         Casino & Lobby – Bringing the party to the floor, Circa’s two-story casino will house 1,350 slot machines and 49 table games. A lobby highlight will be a statement piece unlike any other – the return of Las Vegas’ beloved neon kicking cowgirl, Vegas Vickie, who will be a signature feature in Circa’s lobby.

Neon kicking cowgirl Vegas Vickie sign will be a signature feature in Circa Resort's lobby

·         New Food & Beverage Concepts – Circa is poised to become a Las Vegas culinary destination as it welcomes a collection of original restaurants and bar venues. The concepts will be announced throughout 2020.

Along with Circa, Stevens and his brother Greg have played a major role in a renaissance that has taken place in Downtown over the past decade. 
Their investments in properties such as the D Las VegasGolden Gate Hotel & Casino and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center have helped morph the region into an entertainment destination, paving the way for Circa’s arrival. 
Stevens has partnered with Steelman Partners to oversee Circa’s architecture and design, McCarthy Building Companies Inc. as its general contractor and TrĂ© Builders as construction manager.

Greg Stevens
Circa Resort & Casino Construction Facts:
·         Date Circa construction broke ground: February 19, 2019 
·         Date first foundation was poured: April 9, 2019
·         Total number of construction workers: 600 daily between Circa and Garage Mahal
·         Construction workers added one floor to Circa every seven days since Oct 3, 2019
·         Approximately 1,900 units of curtain wall glass wrap the tower totaling 175,000 square feet of glass
·         There are more than 56,000 cubic yards of concrete in total with over 25,000 cubic yards placed to date
·         10.75 million pounds of rebar have been installed to date
·         12.2 million pounds of structural steel installed to date
·         The heaviest piece of steel picked to date weighed 118,614 pounds
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The Strip Comes Alive at Night Time

About Circa Resort & Casino

Circa Resort & Casino will deliver an all-new integrated resort concept to the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at the historic 18 Fremont Street site. 

Inspired by the city’s irresistible energy and timeless allure, Circa is building a new legacy that turns up the good times to eleven and burns bright with the original spirit of Vegas. 

Combining the best of Las Vegas service in a modern, state-of-the-art setting, Circa is designed for guests to live large in the now, make the most of life’s fleeting moments and create new memories through an exhilarating, multi-sensory experience. 

The 1.25-million-square-foot, 777-room resort and casino will feature a variety of immersive culinary, entertainment and gaming experiences and unparalleled personalized offerings inspired by old-school Las Vegas hospitality.

 Please visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @circalasvegas to stay up to date with more developments. 


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Ware Malcomb Announces Expansion in Canada

Christina Kolkas

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANAADA (December 9, 2019) – Ware Malcomb, an award-winning international design firm, today announced the firm has opened a second office in Canada located at 250 University Avenue, Suite 235 in downtown Toronto.

Ware Malcomb’s Vaughan office will continue to operate at 180 Bass Pro Mills Drive #103.

Ware Malcomb first entered the Canadian market in 2007 through an acquisition. Ware Malcomb Principal Frank Di Roma has successfully led the growth and diversification of the firm’s business in Canada since 2010, and will continue in this role overseeing both offices.

Frank Di Roma
In addition, Christina Kolkas, Ware Malcomb Director, Interior Architecture & Design, will be leading the growth, development, operations and studio management of the new Toronto office, as well as continue to lead the Vaughan Interiors Studio. 

“We are very excited to expand Ware Malcomb’s presence in the Canadian market and take advantage of the many synergies and opportunities that will come with having offices in both Toronto and Vaughan,” said Di Roma. “I know Christina will do a great job of leading our new office and expanding our reach in the vibrant downtown Toronto.”

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Ware Malcomb Vaughan

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