(Maricopa, Ariz. - June 29, 2016) – With shovels in hand, Chairman Robert Miguel, along with members of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council and executive leadership from Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, turned the dirt to commemorate the groundbreaking of the multi-million dollar expansion at the hotel and casino. The expansion will include a spa, a conference center with multi-use ballroom space, a parking garage, additional restaurants and more than 200 additional rooms.
“The Ak-Chin Indian Community is excited about this expansion that will provide our guests and visitors with the high-quality hospitality and entertainment that they have come to expect here at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino,” said Chairman Miguel.
According to Robert Livingston, general manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, this expansion will not only increase room availability and accommodate additional hotel guests, but will also afford the property the opportunity to host large-scale entertainment, conventions and other meetings.
“As one of a few full-service hotels and casinos in the area, this expansion will offer more options to visitors and guests throughout Pinal and Maricopa counties” said Livingston.
The general contractor for the project is Sundt|Yates; Thalden Boyd Emery (TBE) is the architect.
Chandra Reilly, Sundt project director commenting on behalf of the Sundt|Yates Joint Venture, said, "It is an honor to be part of the Ak-Chin Indian Community's economic evolution and continued partnership with Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino. This project has demanded the best ideas out of everyone involved, and we look forward to bringing those ideas to life over the next two years."
About Ak-Chin Indian Community:
The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The community lies 35 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County. Ak-Chin is an O'odham word translated to mean "mouth of the wash" or "place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground.” Ak-Chin has an enrollment of more than 1,022 tribal members and a land base of just over 22,000 acres. The Ak-Chin Indian Community has a variety of business enterprises including Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle and Santa Cruz Commerce Center. For more information, visit www.ak-chin.nsn.us.
About Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino:
Celebrating more than 20 years in Maricopa, Arizona, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is Arizona’s first and only tribal casino to have an international management partner, Caesars Entertainment. Offering the largest selection of the latest reel and video slots in a range of denominations, Harrah’s Ak-Chin features slot machines, video poker, video Keno as well as popular statewide progressives and live-action poker and Black Jack.
Harrah’s Ak-Chin is the only casino in Arizona that allows guests, through its Total Rewards program, to unlock benefits and other prizes that can be used worldwide at the entire Caesars’ family of casinos. Harrah’s Ak-Chin also boasts the only Bingo hall in the Caesars organization, continuing the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937.
Casino guests can also enjoy live entertainment in The Lounge and a variety of dining options including the Copper Cactus Grill, Agave’s Restaurant, The Range Steakhouse, The Buffet and Dunkin Donuts®. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino features 300 luxurious resort and tower guestrooms and an outdoor swimming pool with swim-up bar.
Harrah’s Ak-Chin has been named a Most Admired Company by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ, and Phoenix Business Journal has named the property one of the “Best Places to Work in the Valley” four consecutive years. Harrah’s Ak-Chin was also awarded a Volunteer Service Award from the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism. For more information, please visit www.harrahsakchin.com.
Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. The 126-year-old firm is known nationally for its commitment to quality and innovative approach to construction services. Sundt currently is ranked the 77th largest construction company in the United States by ENR, the industry’s principal trade magazine. The general contractor has offices in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona; San Antonio, Fort Worth and El Paso, Texas; and Irvine, Sacramento, San Diego and San José, California.
W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company (Yates Construction) is part of The Yates Companies, Inc. who ranks among the top construction services providers in the nation. With annual revenues of approximately $2 billion and over 10,000 employees, the firm has the capabilities to provide a full range of construction services to clients nationally and internationally. Yates has ranked among the top 50 construction service providers in all delivery methods (Construction Management, Program Management, General Contracting, and Design/Build) in recent years. These attributes make Yates one of the largest and most well respected corporations in the construction industry today. www.wgyates.com.