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US – Snoqualmie Casino kicks off $400m expansion project

By - 14 July 2022

Construction is now underway on a $400m expansion project at Snoqualmie Casino that will include a new hotel, expanded gaming floor, destination spa, a 2,000-seat entertainment and convention center, parking structure, and two restaurants with a third to open later.

“The new Snoqualmie Casino expansion will provide a significant boost to the local community through immediate job creation and will soon provide a much-needed hotel offering with new convention, concert, and meeting spaces,” Scott Hebert, senior project manager at Cumming, said. “We could not be more excited to bring this caliber of resort experience to Snoqualmie.”

The Snoqualmie Tribe is committed to keeping the dollars slated for the project within the Puget Sound region by hiring local contractors, creating new development and employment opportunities for those from the Native American community, and offering new jobs for residents of the King County area.  From construction through completion, as the Snoqualmie Valley’s largest employer, the Snoqualmie Tribe will bring an estimated 500 new job opportunities to the region.

While guests of the Snoqualmie Casino’s future expansion will see and experience new upscale amenities, they will also notice subtle details inspired by Snoqualmie culture.  From the modern slant roof hotel design representing the longhouses of the Snoqualmie Tribe’s ancestors to the carefully-chosen artwork placed throughout the resort, guests will enjoy state-of-the-art comfort alongside a gentle homage to the Tribe.

“Through the hard work and resilience of our Elders, the Snoqualmie Tribe regained its recognition in 1999. With our sovereignty recognized, we have continued to strengthen and preserve our cultural traditions, protecting our sacred places, healing our ancestral lands, and establishing enterprises that allow our Tribe to provide our families with education, health care, and housing while also giving back to the community,” says Snoqualmie Tribe Chairman Robert de los Angeles. “This next period of growth at the Snoqualmie Casino allows us to continue advancing those goals.”

Bergman Walls & Associates designed the casino expansion and hotel addition. The project includes architectural details inspired by Snoqualmie culture from a modern slant roof hotel design representing the original longhouses of the Snoqualmie Tribe’s ancestors to carefully chosen artwork placed throughout the resort, the release said.

“Having built the original Snoqualmie Casino, we are excited to partner once again with Snoqualmie Entertainment Authority, Cumming, and Bergman Walls & Associates to deliver the next phase,” Tom Leptich, project executive at Skanska USA Building, said in the release. “We understand the impact of this project on the community and the opportunities it provides, particularly for TERO workers, Snoqualmie Indian-owned businesses, Native American-owned businesses, as well as businesses in the Snoqualmie Valley. Our team is delighted to be part of this important project and to be able to bring meaningful jobs to the community.”

Since opening to the public in 2008 and becoming known as Seattle’s Closest Casino, Snoqualmie Casino continues to receive regional and national recognition for its commitment to guest experience, community impact, and workplace excellence. In 2021, Snoqualmie Casino and the Snoqualmie Tribe made history by becoming the first casino and first Tribe to open a sportsbook and offer sports betting in Washington State.

Snoqualmie Casino plans to welcome guests to its new expansion in Q4 2024.

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