Pueblo of Sandia Casino
Features & Highlights
- Phased construction of a gaming destination resort
Sundt worked closely with the Pueblo community to build an entertainment destination and maximize the value of their investment. Constructed in multiple phases, this tribal gaming and recreation project included a 228-room high-rise resort tower; a 35,000-square-foot conferment center; a 216,323-square-foot casino; a 400-car parking garage; an 18-hole championship golf course; an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse and a full-service spa. Significant infrastructure improvements were also undertaken as part of this development, including a wastewater treatment plant, new roadways and a heavily landscaped grand entrance to the property from the adjacent highway.
Beginning with the casino, Sundt worked alongside Pueblo members, casino operators, a talented design team and the tribal council to provide a resort that showcases their culture and provides an important economic engine for the community. We supported the client in making decisions about key building features, including spaces for fine dining, high ceilings and natural light to create an elegant, high-end space that would attract visitors.
At the same time, we looked for opportunities to create time and cost savings, such as off-site prefabrication of complex ceiling elements, which helped avoid an extended construction schedule that would have affected the tribe’s ability to generate revenue. Knowing that the plan for the Pueblo of Sandia Casino would be to eventually expand and offer additional amenities and experiences, in the first phase, we built the casino to allow for an expeditious and affordable expansion process. The result was an economic driver for the community in a refined and sophisticated atmosphere that reflected traditional circular ancestral motifs and Pueblo design themes.