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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.

Vee Quiva

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.”