Biltmore Buff, Natural Tan, Portobello and Pottery Urn are the colors being added to the exterior walls of the Soboba replacement casino and hotel resort project in San Jacinto. Before the finish coat can be added, several layers of material must be put on to ensure a perfectly insulated and stable surface. The EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) is a synthetic stucco siding that provides walls with an insulated, water-resistant, finished surface in an integrated composite material system.


There is currently a gradient effect as the exterior gets completed with one end showing final color, the middle section primed and the next area with blue waterproof material with white foam insulation for protection against the elements. Jose Mireles, one of the assistant superintendents on the construction crew, said the area is in the finishing stages and should be completed by the end of May.


Andrew Hansen and Kevin Hokanson are with the project's lead contractor C.W. Driver. They explained that once the exterior walls have been finished, windows will begin to be installed.


Another hefty task will be mounting 20 Air Handler Units onto the roofs. The units range in size from 10- to 35-feet long, weigh between 7,000 and 43,000 pounds each and can supply up to 40,000 cubic feet of air per minute, each.


"The units serving the casino process 100 percent outside air to maximize ventilation and air quality for the casino environment," Hokanson said. "The casino units have an energy recovery system as well, leading to a lessened impact on the environment and better overall operating efficiency."

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