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New Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino Scheduled to Open in July


Construction continues on pace at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino.

The exterior is completely enclosed and work is now focused on the interior and other finishing touches in anticipation of a July opening. Tutor Perini is the general contractor for the 70,000 SF, $135M project. Friedmutter Group is the architect.

Restaurants at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino will include the Valley’s first Ditka’s. The steakhouse was founded by legendary Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka.

Other dining options will include; Fatburger, Panda Express and Los Reyes de la Torta among others. Los Reyes de la Torta is a West Valley favorite and was recently featured on an episode of Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food.

In addition to the restaurants, Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino will include a 90-room boutique hotel, 1,000-car parking garage, more than 950 slot machines, 36 table games, a state-of- the-art bingo room, several bars and lounges and a large multi-purpose entertainment venue.

The construction of Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino is the most recent update to the Gila River Casinos’ family of casinos. The new Lone Butte Casino was introduced in 2008 and the new Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino was introduced in 2009.

With opening day quickly approaching, Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino will hire hundreds at a job fair on March 26. Positions will be focused on food and beverage outlets. Up to 150 applicants will be hired on the 26th with many being offered positions the same day.

The job fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to  7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club Komatke Branch,  5047 W. Pecos Rd. in Laveen. Applicants are encouraged to bring their resume and photo identification for an interview.

Top 5 Arizona Casinos (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10: Arizona Casinos (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Arizona Casinos — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Apache Gold Casino

Hwy. 70, 5 miles East of Globe, San Carlos, AZ 85550
Offers blackjack, poker, keno, bingo and more than 600 slot machines. Also on site is a 146-room hotel, an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center, nearby fishing and sightseeing.

Bucky’s Casino / Prescott Resort

1500 E. Hwy. 69,
Prescott, AZ 86301
More than 350 multi-denominational slot machines, live blackjack and poker — featuring Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha. Bucky’s adjoins the Prescott Resort for luxurious accommodations. The resort features suites with private balconies, a salon, spa, pool and conference center.

Cliff Castle Casino

555 W. Middle Verde Rd.,
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
You’ll find slot machines, poker, blackjack and other gaming options. Lodging and dining are also offered. Everything at Cliff Castle Casino is catered for comfort, from its spacious aisles to its extra-padded seats. The casino also includes a gourmet steakhouse, a gift shop and a 20-lane bowling center.

Vee Quiva Casino

6443 N. Komatke Lane,
Laveen, AZ 85339
800-WIN-GILA (946-4452)
Try your hand at one of 675 slot machines or the 500-seat bingo arena. There are eight tables for blackjack, with bets from $5 to $1,000. Free valet. New additions to Vee Quiva include more parking, a remodeled poker room, updated bingo hall, expanded gaming floor and the Players Bar.

Harrah’s Phoenix Ak-Chin Casino Resort

15406 N. Maricopa Rd.,
Maricopa, AZ 85239
Play. Eat. Drink. Sleep. Repeat. When it comes to gaming, there are slots, keno, blackjack and the friendliest poker room in Arizona. The 40,000-square-foot casino is open 24 hours a day.

A Quick Trip from Phoenix:

Bluewater Resort & Casino

11300 Resort Dr., Parker, AZ 85344
Situated along the Colorado River in Western Arizona, the casino offers wide-scale gaming such as bingo, poker, blackjack and 475 slot machines. Rooms, restaurants and entertainment are also a part of the complex. Other amenities include an indoor water park with a three-story slide, two swimming pools and spa, video arcade, 18-hole miniature golf and on-site theater.

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85757
Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space, opened on Nov. 11, 2011.

Cocopah Casino

15136 S. Avenue B,
Somerton, AZ 85350
Highway 95 (Ave. B) approximately 5 miles south of Yuma
Options include more than 475 slot machines, blackjack, and Bingo. Three on-site restaurants.

Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

Hwy. 87, Milepost 251,
Payson, AZ 85547
800-777-PLAY (7529)
The 75,000-square-foot casino is located on Tonto Apache Tribal land with views of the Mazatzal Mountains and the Mogollon Rim. Mazatzal Casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bingo, slots, poker, blackjack, keno, gift shop, arcade and all-suites hotel including pool, spa and fitness room are offered. Visitors should try the Cedar Ridge Restaurant or the Grille.

Spirit Mountain Casino

8555 S. Highway 95,
Mohave Valley, AZ
Open 24 hours daily with more than 250 gaming machines. Casino also has a driving range, minature golf, an RV resort located next to the casino, and RV parking for 82 rigs.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012


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.

Hospitality And Casino Construction Increase On Tribal Lands - Gila River Indian Community

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