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Monday July 6th, 2015

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Photos: Erica Dufour/Caesars Windsor

Four newly renovated Executive Suites designed by local St. Clair College students Sylvia Vander Schee and Daniel Trifan have been unveiled at Caesars Windsor.

Inspired by a modern outdoor oasis, the suites feature a grand entrance that leads to a spacious, contemporary living room giving a sense of serenity and relaxation while providing a great entertainment space. The large open-concept room offers wall-to-wall windows with spectacular riverfront or city views and modern furnishings throughout. Sleek white leather couches and chairs are perfect to stir conversation or relax while viewing an impressive 75-inch television. Guests can host small private gatherings with ease in a modern kitchenette area that includes abundant counter space and stainless steel appliances to serve cocktails and simple hor d’oeuvres. When it’s time to unwind, the bedroom is the perfect escape for a tranquil sleep, with walls in soothing shades of aqua and blue and warm charcoal accents along the comfortable king sized bed. The spacious ensuite bathroom with deep forest green marble features a large vanity; a glass enclosed walk-in shower and large bath.

The project first began in 2013 when James Hollohazy, Director of Resort Operations at Caesars Windsor presented the college with a challenge to create conceptual ideas and illustrations to update the Forum Tower suites. Each student team presented their designs to a panel of casino representatives. Based on their colour schemes, multimedia design, furniture style and layout, the judges selected Vander Schee and Trifan’s design.

Hollohazy said, “It was a great opportunity to see how local design students would reimagine our suites. It also gave them a taste of the real-world process of obtaining a client and presenting their design.”

“Every presentation offered a great new look, but Sylvia and Daniel best captured the Caesars Entertainment brand and luxurious feel our guests expect,” he added.

Vander Schee, now a recent graduate from St. Clair College’s Interior Design program said, “As a designer, it is always extremely satisfying to see your ideas come to life. It is both exhilarating and humbling to have our design implemented in a luxury hotel so early in my career. This prestigious opportunity is something I expected to achieve much further down the road.”

Sandra Ellis, Program Faculty for Interior Design at St. Clair College said, “Any time students have the opportunity to work on community projects, the learning is real and relevant and provides work experience they can reference as they graduate and become working professionals. The Caesars Windsor project exposed the students to a world-class Four-Diamond hotel, which gave a rare opportunity to gain insight to high-level design work. It was a milestone for the students and truly expressed their capabilities not only to the client but to themselves as well.”

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