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RED AWARDS 2014: Best Hospitality Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎


Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
Developer: Gila River Indian Community
Contractor: Tutor Perini Building Corp.
Architect: Friedmutter Group
Project Manager: Parsons-Tynan Group
Size: 760,000 SF
Completed: July 2013

vee-quivaVee Quiva Hotel & Casino is a goliath in the desert, bringing a Las Vegas quality casino and hotel to Arizona. The property is energy efficient, with lighting systems that are programmed to detect movement and adjust accordingly. The floors ventilate clean air into the casino, keeping the air fresh without using excessive amounts of energy. The casino used local concrete and aggregate products, and native plants were used for the landscaping in order to reduce water usage on the property. The biggest energy efficient feature in the new casino is the environmentally friendly electrical, plumbing and mechanical system on-site. The water is chilled and heated with energy efficient units that supply the casino and hotel with water.

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New $135M Vee Quiva Casino Getting Closer to July 2 Opening

 

Work crews are putting the finishing touches on the $135M Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino rising south of the current Gila River Indian Community casino off of 51st Ave. in Laveen.

Tutor Perini Building Corp. of Phoenix is the general contractor and Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas is the architect for the project, which is slated to open on July 2. Construction started last June.

The new Vee Quiva will feature a 70,000 SF casino with more than 6,000 SF event center, and a 3-story, 90-room hotel. The projects also includes 2,800 total parking spaces, including a 1,000-space parking garage.

Included in the amenities are a fitness center and pool; four bars; a premium players club lounge, and a signature restaurant, Ditka’s.

The project created more than 600 construction jobs.

 

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Twin Arrows Casino Opens Memorial Weekend

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE), announced that the grand opening of its Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, located along I-40, exit 219, just east of Flagstaff, Ariz., will take place May 24, 2013. Grand opening events throughout Memorial weekend will highlight rich Navajo traditions while showcasing the property’s state-of-the art gaming, luxurious resort accommodations, fine dining and culturally infused architecture.

The 267,000-square-foot facility showcases Navajo culture and features commissioned Navajo artists’ original paintings and other artworks. The structure was designed by the Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas – working with Navajo tribal members – and built by Hunt Construction Group.

“Twin Arrows will create a new benchmark in gaming entertainment while improving the economic health and prosperity of the Navajo Nation,” said Derrick Watchman, chief executive officer of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. “As northern Arizona’s premier destination casino resort, Twin Arrows will create approximately 800 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of $20 million, including salaries and benefits.”

Phase one of the $230 million facility includes 1,089 slot machines, 18 table games and 12 poker tables, live Keno, a five-story hotel with 90 rooms and suites 16,000 square foot banquet and conference center, fully equipped fitness center, heated indoor pool and six distinct dining concepts. The casino will operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week. The resort also offers 24-hour complimentary valet parking featuring a unique “Valet Express” mobile phone service system.

Six Distinct Dining Options

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort offers an extensive variety of food and beverage options – sure to please every palate. Choose from casual eateries and a sports bar to fine dining and award-wining wines. Resort guests also have the option for in-room dining service 24 hours a day.

·      Zenith Steakhouse: Zenith Steakhouse is Twin Arrow’s flagship restaurant. Its exhibition kitchen, fireplace and menu put a progressive twist on the traditional. Zenith serves the highest quality meats and sustainable seafood paired with seasonal and regional produce to create exquisite steaks, chops, fish and shellfish entrees. Zenith also serves handcrafted cocktails and 250 of the worlds’ finest wines.

·      Arrows Sports Bar: The sports bar offers a wide selection of local, regional and international beers as well as appetizers and entrees – including spicy wings, loaded nachos, steak and cheese fries, signature burgers, big-bowl salads and knife-and-fork sandwiches. The bar is surrounded by 19 large-screen HD TVs and a state-of-the-art sound system.

·      Four Elements Café: The café offers a contemporary all-day dining menu, featuring a rich variety of dining options with a southwestern flair. Breakfast favorites include the three egg white omelet, buttermilk Navajo pancakes, skillets, baked sweet breads and Scottish smoked salmon. Throughout the rest of the day guests can choose from an extensive variety of salads, sandwiches, signature burgers, steaks, chops, seafood and desserts.

·      The Reef, Oyster Bar: The Reef is a true oyster bar featuring exciting exhibition-style cooking. Menu favorites include freshly shucked oysters, oyster shooters, pasta, chowders and stews. The chef will also create specialty dishes upon request.

·      Food Court: The Food Court offers a variety of ethnic and seasonal cuisine including authentic Navajo fry bread tacos, mutton stew and green chili pork stew. Traditional options including burger and fries, deli sandwiches, stir fry vegetable lo mein and other Asian-style cuisine are also available.

·      Coffee Bar: The Coffee Bar brews Peet’s Coffee daily and offers a variety of other made-to-order cold coffees, teas and seasonal beverages. Bottled soft drinks, energy drinks, fresh baked goods, parfaits and grab-n-go salads and sandwiches are also provided.

“Ya at’eeh. We welcome Arizona residents and tourists to experience our world-class gaming and array of dining options this summer,” said Maureen Curley, chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. “We are committed to building business opportunities for the Navajo Nation as we provide an economic boost to the entire region and put Navajo people to work.”

Interior and exterior designs, lighting, colors and art installations incorporate the Four Worlds from the Navajo Creation and Emergence Story. Additionally, the basket weave pattern – to the importance of weaving in Navajo culture – can be seen on the exterior of the resort as well as in subtle interior details throughout the casino, restaurants and guest rooms.

Twin Arrows is the fourth casino of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. More information on Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TwinArrowsAZ.

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Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort To Open Memorial Weekend

 

The newest casino in the state — and the first in Arizona for the Navajo Nation — is set to open Memorial Weekend.

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise announced that the grand opening of its Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, located along I-40, exit 219, just east of Flagstaff, is set for  May 24.

Grand opening events throughout Memorial weekend will highlight Navajo traditions while showcasing the property’s state-of-the art gaming, luxurious resort accommodations, fine dining and culturally infused architecture.

The 267,000 SF facility, built by Hunt Construction, showcases Navajo culture and features commissioned artists’ original paintings and other artworks. The structure was designed by the Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas.

“Twin Arrows will create a new benchmark in gaming entertainment while improving the economic health and prosperity of the Navajo Nation,” said Derrick Watchman, CEO of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. “As northern Arizona’s premier destination casino resort, Twin Arrows will create approximately 800 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of $20M, including salaries and benefits.”

Phase one of the $230M facility includes 1,089 slot machines, 18 table games and 12 poker tables, live Keno, a 5-story hotel with 90 rooms and suites, 16,000 SF banquet and conference center, fully equipped fitness center, heated indoor pool and six distinct dining concepts.

The casino will operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week. The resort also offers 24-hour complimentary valet parking featuring a unique “Valet Express” mobile phone service system.

Hunt Construction recently completed the hotel, conference center, swimming pool, fitness center and casino floor with rotunda, food court, steakhouse, oyster bar, sports bar, 24-hour café, gift shop and coffee shop.

More than 400 Navajo construction workers were employed on the project that began September 2011. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority also worked to prepare the site for construction with the installation of a wastewater treatment plant that recycles well water for landscaping, a cell tower and electric substation that brings additional power to nearby residents and businesses.

“We are grateful to The Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas and Hunt Construction Group for their attention to detail and willingness to incorporate the vision of our team in the exterior and interior construction, designs and décor,” Watchman said. “We are proud to be able to incorporate so many aspects of our art and culture in the Twin Arrows property.”

Amenities include:

Exterior

>> The main drive and porte corchere are expressed architecturally as the upward movement of ancestors through the Four Worlds.

>> A water feature at the entrance symbolizes the rising waters that motivated the people to move up and seek new worlds to live in.

>> The hotel tower features a dimensional over-scaled weave pattern, suggesting the work of hands and hearts; the weaving of baskets, textiles, and song.

>> The texture and lines sweeping over the façade of the lower casino buildings relates to the winds sweeping across the Nation bringing life to the Dine.

>> A cascading glass entry to the south of the casino façade recalls the Grand Falls of the Little Colorado River.

Entrance

>> At the main entrance of the casino guests enter through a black textured stone vestibule, a contemporary abstraction of the First World.

>> The entrance also contains stone soffits that depict the 1st World of the Insect people, the 2nd World of Bluebirds and Swallow people, the 3rd World of the Grasshoppers, and the 4th World where Man and Woman came to be.

>> A custom chandelier in the rotunda depicts the vertical rise of the people through each world. Hand blown glass rings represent the colors of each world. Droplets of crystal cascade through the rings like water two chrome tubes in the center of the rings symbolize the reeds that were used to enter through the hard sky of the world.

>> The rotunda floor mirrors the chandelier in an infinity circle reflection.

Casino

>> The casino’s theme is “The Glittering World.”

>> Its ceiling depicts a Navajo night sky and the Milky Way with custom decorative chandeliers.

>> At the center of the casino a VIP area is surrounded by a custom silver and bronze metal chain drapery. The metal drapery creates an oval with grass and reed designs.

>> Crystal lanterns surround the outer layers, and inside a reflective chandelier with independent rays of light form a central ceiling feature.

>> Additional detail throughout the casino recalls the glittering Dook’ o’osliid, the western mountain that “light shines from within”.

Other Interiors

>> Custom commissioned artwork is featured throughout the resort, casino and conference center.

>> Each restaurant has a different theme celebrating Navajo traditions.

>> Resort rooms and suites (available in three different configurations) feature a contemporary décor. Select rooms have panoramic mountain views and the iBahn entertainment system, which features the latest technology in room entertainment (a personalized multimedia HDTV experience).

>> The resort is further embellished with the sacred colors of the Navajo Nation and the unique basket weave design

Phase 2

The HOZHO Spa will open in early 2014. HOZHO is a Navajo concept meaning ‘balance and beauty’. The spa will be connected to the existing heated indoor pool and will include two additional mineral pools and a tranquility room. Guests will also be able to select from a variety of therapeutic massages and extensive line of SPA oils and treatments. An additional 110 rooms and suites will also be added to the resort during Phase 2.

“Ya at’eeh. We welcome Arizona residents and tourists to experience our world-class gaming and array of dining options this summer,” said Maureen Curley, chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. “We are committed to building business opportunities for the Navajo Nation as we provide an economic boost to the entire region and put Navajo people to work.”

Twin Arrows is the fourth casino of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise. More information on Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/TwinArrowsAZ.

 

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New Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino Set To Open In 2013

With recently built properties at Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte, it was only a matter of time that the Gila River Indian Community would upgrade Vee Quiva casino in Laveen.

That goal came to fruition today when Gila River Casinos broke ground on a new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino, scheduled to open a year from now.

Gila River Indian Community officials and other dignitaries were on hand to dedicate the project that will translate into 500 construction jobs and more than 300 new full- or part-time jobs once it is complete.

The new Vee Quiva will feature a 70,000 SF casino; more than 900 slot machines; 40 table games, including 20 poker tables; 550 seat bingo hall; a 3-story hotel with 90 rooms that will boast a fitness center, pool and more than 3,000 SF of banquet space; 2 lounges including a premium Players Club Lounge; a variety of dining options including a food court, coffee kiosk, signature restaurant, a dining option that will remain open all day; and 2,800 total parking spaces including a 1,000 space covered parking garage.

The project is expected to cost approximately $135M. Perini Building Corporation is the general contractor and Friedmutter Group of Las Vegas will provide design and architectural services.

“We started the design process by listening to our clients,” said Brad Friedmutter, founder/CEO of project’s architect. “We are proud to be part of this incredible process.”

“Rebuilding Vee Quiva Casino is part of our strategic plan the Gila River Indian Community has set in place to refresh its casinos while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the community and creating new job opportunities in Arizona,” said Anthony Villareal, Sr., Casino Expansion Owners Team Chairman.

Friedmutter Group, an award-winning, internationally-recognized architectural firm, has  recently completed the Navajo Nation’s Northern Edge Casino, Gun Lake Casino and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer will take place just south of Vee Quiva Casino’s existing facility. The current casino will remain open and operational during construction until the new Vee Quiva Casino opens in 2013.

“We don’t take any project lightly, and this will be no exception,” said Dick Rizzo, vice chairman of Tutor Perini. “We bring the knowledge of a company that’s 115 years old.”

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Tutor Perini Awarded Construction Contract For Vee Quiva Casino

Tutor Perini Building Corporation of Las Vegas on Tuesday was awarded the contractor bid to construct the Gila River Gaming Enterprise’s new Vee Quiva Casino in Laveen.

Tutor Perini was the general contractor for Seminole’s Hard Rock Casino, Mohegan Sun Expansion, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to name a few.

The chairman of the Gila River Indian Community’s gaming development entity charged with construction of all of the tribe’s gaming operations, the Casino Expansion Owners Team (CEOT), Anthony Villareal, said, “The quality of projects Tutor Perini Building Corp. constructs is unparalleled, they are truly one of the industry’s best construction companies. A new Vee Quiva Casino with a hotel and better dining options has been a project on Gila River’s books for years, we are very pleased to see it come to fruition.”

The new Vee Quiva Casino is expected to cost approximately $135M and will feature an expansive 70,000 SF casino; more than 900 slot machines; 50 table games, including a poker room; 750 seat bingo hall; 3-story hotel with 90 rooms that will boast a fitness center, pool and more than 3,000 SF of banquet space; two lounges including a premium Players Club Lounge; and 2,800 total parking spaces including a 1,000 space covered parking garage.

These amenities combined with a wide variety of delicious dining options including a food court, coffee kiosk, signature restaurant and a dining option that will remain open all day will be popular destinations Gila River Casinos looks forward to providing its guests in partnership with Ovations Food Service.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June and will take place just south of the existing Vee Quiva Casino’s footprint. The current casino will remain open and operational during construction until the new Vee Quiva Casino & Hotel opens in the summer of 2013.

Friedmutter Group, also of Las Vegas, is the architectural firm selected and was announced earlier this year.

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Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands

The Gila River Indian Community is building two new hotels that total more than 200 rooms, a new, 70,000 SF casino, and a conference center. The Navajo Nation is building its first Arizona casino near Flagstaff.

“(Construction in Indian country) is actually one of the market sectors that is really thriving,” says Rogers Owers, an attorney with Andante Law Firm, whose speciality is construction laws in Indian country. “Whether it’s design, construction, or brokering the real estate deals, cash flows into the industry as a whole.”

In Tucson, a new 44,500 SF convention center and a 1,120-car parking structure opened at Casino del Sol in November. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino increased its guest capacity to 300 rentable rooms, and renovated its restaurant in July.

As several Arizona tribes reveal major hospitality and casino construction projects, one thing is a sure bet — 2012 is shaping up to be another jackpot year.

The Arizona Department of Gaming reports that trial casino revenues steadily declined from 2008 to 2010, but returned to the green in 2011. During this period, hospitality and casino construction in Indian country slowed.

Talking Stick Resort, which opened its doors on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in 2010, was the last significant Native American casino and hospitality project in almost a year.

Today, several sizable construction projects in Indian country are underway or open for business. The largest, a multifaceted undertaking by the Gila River Indian Community, includes a new 90-room hotel and the demolition and remodel of Vee Quiva Casino in West Phoenix, plus a new conference center, 130-room hotel and restaurant at Lone Butte Casino in Chandler.

The Gila River Indian Community, going all in, also is reportedly opening a new hotel at Toka Sticks Golf Course in Mesa, which is a short distance from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The construction venture at Vee Quiva is still in its developmental stages, according to Melody Hudson, public relations manager for Gila River Casinos. It is expected to open in the summer of 2013 at a cost of $135M.

“Rebuilding Vee Quiva Casino is part of a strategic plan the Gila River Indian Community has set in place to refresh our casinos while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Community and creating new job opportunities in Arizona,” says Anthony Villareal Sr., Casino Expansion Owners Team chairman.

After its reconstruction, Vee Quiva Casino will total nearly 175,000 SF — almost double its original size.

Further north, the Navajo Nation broke ground last March on Twin Arrows Casino outside of Flagstaff, its first casino in Arizona.

The 320,000 SF, $150M casino, scheduled to open in July, will include a hotel and conference center. General contractor is Hunt Construction and the architect is Friedmutter Group.

Some casinos, on the other hand, already have their cards on the table. Casino Del Sol and Harrah’s Ak-Chin opened their newly renovated facilities in 2011.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe renovated and expanded Casino Del Sol’s hotel and convention center in Tucson to the tune of $75M. The additions included 215 new rooms, a conference center, a parking structure and a spa. It is the second phase of the tribe’s ongoing hospitality and casino refurbishment project. McCarthy Building Companies served as GC and LEO A DALY was the architect.

McCarthy project manager Kurt Nyberg says construction went smoothly because the tribe first commissioned his company in 2003.

“What helped with this expansion is that the Casino Del Sol had gained building experience when both firms worked on the original casino project,” Nyberg says, “so the process was not entirely new from the owner’s perspective.”

Another big player in Arizona, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Resort, finished its hotel and restaurant renovations in July after 11 months of construction. Lead designer Jason Ploszaj of RSP Architects says the construction was vital, because the “hotel was turning away guests nightly.”

The expansion, a $20M, 5-story hotel tower, doubled the number of rentable rooms at the Maricopa resort.

“In order to better serve guests, Harrah’s decided that after more than 10 years of success, and expansion of 152 new hotel rooms was necessary to refresh the hotel experience,” Ploszaj says.

For more information on casino and hospitality construction visit, ciic.construction.asu.edu

 

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012