Fort McDowell-Mohave Apache Casino

  • Location:

    Phoenix, Arizona

  • Client:

    Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

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  • Delivery Method:

    Design Build

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Features & Highlights

  • Bingo hall remained operational while facility was under construction
Project Overview

The original Fort McDowell facility, a 40,000-square-foot small bingo hall built in 1983, was gutted, remodeled and expanded by Sundt. The new 68,000-square-foot casino opened in 1995 as the first gaming facility constructed under a fully negotiated gaming compact in Arizona. The project included a bingo hall, 475 slot machines, 40 poker tables, a 100-seat keno area, two kitchens, snack bar and cafeteria. Sundt also constructed a wastewater facility concurrently to accommodate the new casino.

Because of the revenue generated, it was vital to allow maximum use of the gaming areas. To accomplish this, Sundt installed temporary partitions to separate construction activities from the public. Partitioned areas and construction activities were sequenced to minimize the impact to gaming activities. These were performed over night when gaming activities were less active, requiring extensive coordination among security, owner management, subcontractors and suppliers.

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Fort McDowell-Mohave Apache Casino was the first casino constructed and opened under an Arizona gaming compact.