Casino Queen

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Concrete Strategies constructed the tilt-up panels, foundations, basin slab and site concrete for this new 236,000-square-foot gaming facility.

There were 100 panels cast and erected making up 85,000-square-foot of total panel area. Utilized 2,600-cubic-yards of concrete.

The entertainment complex replaces the former Casino Queen, which was moored along the eastern shore of the Mississippi River. The two-level, structural steel building features 14-foot clear heights with a 38,000-square-foot gaming floor, 10,000-square-foot larger than the former gambling area. Casino patrons can indulge in more than 1,100 slot machines and 34 table games.

To create a floating facility, the team excavated the site and stacked special 4 foot-by-20 foot foam sheets 5 foot high for the entire footprint of the approximately 30,000-square-foot gaming area. Concrete was then poured almost a foot thick, an under-floor duct was installed, followed by more poured concrete. Upon completion of the gaming floor, approximately 340,000 gallons of water was added to the excavated basin. This allows the gaming area to float while carefully moored at strategic points, creating a one-of-a-kind “boat in a moat.”


Casino Queen


East St. Louis, Illinois


236,000 SF


Tilt-Up Concrete Association – 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award