New ilani Parking Garage Wins Top Projects Award

ilani’s six-floor parking structure wins second place at Daily Journal of Commerce’s 24th annual awards

RIDGEFIELD, WA. (September 16, 2021) – ilani has been awarded second place in the Daily Journal of Commerce’s 2021 Top Projects awards in the infrastructure category for the construction of its new parking garage. The six-story structure, which has more the 2,700 parking spaces, was submitted for consideration by Swinerton Builders. The DJC award comes one year after ilani’s garage was awarded Top Commercial Project of 2020 by the Vancouver Business Journal.

The award-winning garage opened to the public in November 2020 with a memorable Guinness World Record-breaking event in which renowned race-car driver Michael Andretti sped an edible cake car down the garage’s ramp. Andretti drove the 669-pound edible replica of his 1991 Championship season race car, ultimately breaking two Guinness World Records. The ilani parking garage is now the record holder for the fastest edible vehicle (17.08 mph) and the longest distance covered by an edible vehicle (349.81 feet), and it is featured in the Guinness World Records 2022 edition. The publication launches today, celebrating those who achieved a Guinness World Record in the past year.

The parking garage was an anticipated addition to ilani, which had previously struggled with providing ample parking during busy event days. The garage offers free covered parking to ilani guests and boasts more than one million square feet of parking space. In addition, the garage includes LED wayfinding lighting systems that indicate available spaces on each level. Electric vehicle charging stations can also be found across multiple floors.

The award-winning parking garage will serve an additional purpose this fall as the location of the annual ilani Wine & Food Fest, October 8-10. The garage’s first floor will provide an outdoor, open-air environment perfect for safely sipping and sampling fine wines and more. Details about the ilani Wine & Food Fest is available on ilani’s website.

Located on the Cowlitz Reservation in Ridgefield, Washington, ilani, developed by the Cowlitz Tribe and Salishan-Mohegan, a partnership that includes Mohegan Sun, one of the world’s foremost gaming and entertainment developers and operators, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination. With nearly 400,000 total square feet, ilani includes 100,000 square feet of gaming space with nearly 3,000 slots and 75 gaming tables; 15 different restaurants, bars, and retail outlets; and a 2,500-seat meeting and entertainment venue hosting nationally recognized performances. For more information, visit and follow ilani on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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