Tutor Perini unit to deliver Choctaw Casino expansion project in US
November 15, 2018 – Tutor Perini Building (TPBC), a subsidiary of US-based civil, building and specialty construction company Tutor Perini, has been selected by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma to design and build the Choctaw Casino and Resort expansion project in Durant, Oklahoma, US.
However, the value of the design-build contract has not been disclosed.
JCJ Architecture and Friedmutter Group have been selected as the design partners. The scope of work includes the design and construction of a new 1,000-room hotel, which will include multiple restaurants, an ultra-lounge bar, movie theatres, conference facilities, casino expansion, new retail space, resort style pools and a new parking garage.
Design work is expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2018 and substantial completion is expected in 2021.
This will be the largest and fourth expansion project for Choctaw Nation since the casino opened in 2006. The expansion is expected to create 1,000 more jobs in Durant.
The developer for the expansion is the TynanGroup, a national, real estate development services firm that has been operating for more than two decades.
Tutor Perini’s building group president and CEO Leonard Rejcek said: “Tutor Perini is proud to partner with the Choctaw Nation to build this very important project.
“This opportunity represents our expansion into building projects in the South Central states, and it will build upon Tutor Perini’s long and successful track record of work on large hospitality and gaming projects.”
The first Choctaw Casino was opened in Durant in 2006 with more than 100,000ft² and in 2010, the Grand Tower was added. The most recent renovation was completed in 2015, adding one more hotel tower with a spa, The Grand Theater and the family entertainment centre, The District.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma chief Gary Batton said: “More than 30 years ago our tribe had the vision to begin this expedition by purchasing the 50 acres that the resort resides on today.
“The property was the starting point for many wonderful things to come for our tribe. We are elated to continue to grow with our community and improve the lives of our tribal and community members.
“This expansion will help the local economy and meet the demands of our growing customer base.”