Since its opening in 1999, the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas, NV, has seen a lot of change — from the addition of its second, 1,100-room tower in 2002 to the addition of its 1 million-square-foot convention center less than a year later. However, throughout its 15-year existence, the one thing the Mandalay Bay hasn’t seen is a change in its food offerings, which is what sparked the idea to renovate the food court — a project that was completed less than a year ago.

MGM Resorts International, current owners of Mandalay Bay, embarked on a complete renovation of the hotel about two years ago, which included updating rooms, the casino and its food court. One of the main focuses was to bring in more food options for visitors and pedestrians passing through, which was accomplished with the addition of a handful of new restaurants and chains within the hotel’s existing food court.

When choosing the tile, it was important to consider the busy environment. With the food court being next to the convention center as well as adjoined to the casino, the flooring material needed to withstand heavy foot traffic. In the end, a variety of rectified porcelain tile — supplied from Arizona Tile of Tempe, AZ — was selected.

“We supplied the Touch series in 'Sun Glow' from Mediterranea USA,” said Scott Brown, Commercial A&D, of Arizona Tile. “We also used Casalgrande Padana’s Alloy series in 'Zinco-Titanio' in the entries to the food court.” The rectified tiles, which measure 12 x 24 inches and have a polished finish, are designed specifically for commercial applications and ideal for high-traffic applications, according to Brown.

The majority of the food court’s floor is covered in “Sun Glow” from Mediterannea’s Touch series, while certain areas, such as the entrances, are separated by the darker tones of “Zinco-Titanio” from Casalgrande Padana’s Alloy series. The pairing of the lighter and darker shades of tile creates a nice contrast.

Buffalo Builders, based in Henderson, NV, located just south of Las Vegas, completed the installation in about two months. “There was a lot of other construction going on at that time so they were doing it in phases,” said Brown. “They were doing some restaurants in the food court as well.”


INSTALLATION DETAILS

General Contractor: Buffalo Builders, Henderson, NV

Tile Manufacturers: Mediterranea USA, Doral, FL (Touch series); Casalgrande Padana (Alloy series)

Tile Supplier: Arizona Tile, Tempe, AZ

The Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas, NV, recently renovated its food court with porcelain floor tile from Mediterranea USA and Casalgrande Padana — both supplied by Arizona Tile of Tempe, AZ

The majority of the food court’s floor is covered in “Sun Glow” from Mediterannea’s Touch series, while certain areas, such as the entrances, are separated by the darker tones of “Zinco-Titanio” with a polished finish from Casalgrande Padana’s Alloy series.