Press Release — The West Valley Resort Hosts Ceremony to Top Off Steelwork
GLENDALE, Ariz. – This morning, hundreds of people from the Tohono O’odham Nation and dignitaries from across the West Valley gathered at the West Valley Resort construction site for the topping off ceremony, marking a major milestone in construction as final steel beam is added to the framework of the interim gaming facility.
Construction of the West Valley Resort is moving forward rapidly, with millions of dollars already invested in site preparation, concrete, and steelwork. More than four dozen companies have been retained for construction of the interim facility, with 1,300 workers contracted for the project that is set to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Once completed, more than 500 new, permanent jobs will be created in the community to operate the interim facility. It will feature 1,089 slots, food court, bar, and rewards center, and will include a 1,100 space surface parking lot. While this facility is operating, construction of the $400 million project will continue, including the gaming facility and all of the resort amenities that go with it.
Tohono O’odham Chairman Ned Norris, Jr. said, “More than any one building, it is our commitment to a brighter future for the Nation and the West Valley that we are celebrating today. We are determined to see this project through to completion and continue making a real difference in people’s lives.”
Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise CEO Andy Asselin said, “All of us are incredibly proud of the work that has been done so far by the entire construction team, especially the workers. We’re excited to be creating jobs here in the community and we are moving quickly to complete the construction.”
The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise is an entity of the Tohono O’odham Nation, a federally-recognized Indian tribe, with existing reservation lands in Maricopa County, Pinal County, and Pima County, Arizona. The West Valley Resort is located at 95th and Northern avenues on lands that were taken into trust by the federal government and it will generate thousands of new jobs and more than $300 million in annual economic impact. For more information, visit www.westvalleyresort.com.
Editor’s Note: Below are photos of the construction and an artist’s rendering of the completed gaming facility.