Themes and More

COST of Wisconsin

Theme and specialty design and construction have been part of the gaming industry for decades. Developing an entire theme, or integrating accent pieces or focal points within a property, creates the desired mood and ambiance, and provides a new and unique guest experience. Interior and exterior specialty features located in highly visible areas such as porte cocheres, lobbies, restaurants, lounges, gift shops and gaming floors provide identifiable differentiation and unique branding opportunities.
Since 1957, COST has been among the leading firms in theme and specialty construction. The company’s casino work began in the early 1990s when many properties were looking for ways to stand out from competitors. As casinos have transformed into entertainment destinations over the years, COST has been an integral part of the ever-changing and constantly expanding casino industry.
The theme and specialty finishes developed by the staff of creative artisans have become the focal points of many of the most recognized casinos in the U.S. and abroad.
COST’s clients range from Las Vegas mega-casinos to smaller gaming properties in more remote locations. The majority of the company’s work can be found in Native American casinos. From 1993 to the present, the firm has constructed more than 40 tribal projects. As an active member of NIGA, WIGA and AICC of WI, COST realizes that many tribal properties represent more than a casino. COST’s theme designers work closely with tribes and their architects and carry out the necessary research to incorporate tribal culture or heritage within each thematic feature or accent developed.
COST executives believe their greatest achievements occur when there is a close collaboration among owners, developers and design and construction teams. As an integral consultant and contractor, COST’s typical scope of work involves shop drawings, 3D renderings and scale models that all act as “checks and balances” and ensure the ideas and visions are well-reflected in the fabrication and construction phases.
Fabrication is done within a 140,000-square-foot plant in Jackson, Wisconsin, a Milwaukee suburb. COST is highly experienced in all types of materials and fabrication techniques, such as decorative glass, metal work, GFRC, FRP, concrete composites, epoxies, acrylics and custom carpentry. As a result, the firm can offer themed solutions for nearly every setting and budget. COST construction crews and artisans travel worldwide to install our work, ensuring our quality standards are met from initial design to final installation and construction.

For more information on how COST specialty and theme work can enhance any new or existing property, visit or call 800-221-7625.