The new Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, situated along the Ohio River, opened August 9. The two-story casino is the city’s first ever and is built on a 13-acre former brownfield site. Las Vegas based Bergman Walls & Associates was the architect of record and design architect on the Rivers Casino project. Rivers Casino has views of the Pittsburgh skyline and the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. It opens to a riverfront park and promenade and has access to nearby stadiums. The design embraces Pittsburgh “Steel City” manufacturing heritage by including steel, aluminum, and glass in its design.
Pittsburgh’s planning and zoning regulations called for public access around the building, similar to when Atlantic City mandated retail shops around casinos. “Those died because everyone wanted to get into the casino,” Walls points out.
Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.
Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia. Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration. As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.