The Montage was a hotel-condominium conversion project from an existing casino hotel to a condo building, with a pool, ½ acre outdoor gardens, and fitness center among others. It was considered the largest adaptive reuse project in the United States at the time. This was the second condo conversion project within the great Reno/Sparks area. The condo was a conversion of the Fitzgerald’s casino hotel portion of the property. The building was taken down to the main steel frame of the building and modified into condo units. Summit Engineering’s planning department was responsible for the entitlement process which allowed for the conversion of the Golden Phoenix Hotel & Casino into 388 luxury condominiums and 4 commercial/ retail parcels known as The Montage.
Summit Engineering was tasked with the 1704 special inspection for the building including structural steel and welding, concrete placement, and fireproofing inspections. The land surveying included the combining and re-subdivide of the existing 12 parcels under the existing building into a combination of maps to divide out the condo units. This included initial subdivision maps to isolate individual floors of sections to be subdivided later into specific units. The water system was upgraded to meet the requirements for individual condo units on a single supply line, fire standards, and backflow facilities to bring the system up to code. The existing facility’s age and infrastructure were well below current standards and innovative engineering and surveying were provided by Summit to meet the daily challenges to complete the conversion project and put the building into the 21st century. The former Golden Phoenix Hotel and Casino is now a sustainable site plan, with energy & and water efficiency, indoor environment quality, and material and resource conservation, and is still marketed as a condominium resort today.