Desert Bloom Porte Cochere: Casino Morongo

Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel (AESS) is the standard published by the American Institute of Steel Construction intended to account for the unique requirements of steel fabrications in exposed applications where visual quality and craftsmanship are paramount considerations. The increasing use of highly transparent facades, especially in long-span applications of 25´ and greater, have significantly expanded the use of exposed steel structures of all types, including truss and cable systems. Conventional welding and steel codes provide little guidance with respect to, for example, the visual quality of a weld. The designer may request a ground and polished weld, or a particular surface quality to a steel component. The AESS specification is intended to address these types of issues.

The Desert Bloom Porte Cochere at Casino Morongo won the prestigious National Engineering Award of Excellence from the American Institute of Steel Construction, 2004.

Photos 1-5 courtesy of Paul Turang.



Facade Area:

27,000 sq ft


Cabazon, CA


entertainment , hospitality


60 ft


Morongo Band of Mission Indians

General Contractor:

Perini Building Company


Jerde Partnership


ASI Advanced Structures


National Engineering Award
American Institute of Steel Construction, 2004

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