Scaffolding is starting to come down as each section of the Soboba Casino Resort hotel’s exterior gets a final coat of paint and the interior work is well under way.
"We are putting up drywall, painting and putting down flooring in some areas," said Tom Groenendal, Senior Superintendent for C.W. Driver, general contractors for the project. "Most of the overhead MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) has been done which allows us to start on the acoustical ceiling installation."
In many back-of-the-house areas – which will contain support systems for all aspects of the resort – the T-bar is in place and ready for acoustical ceiling tiles to be added. Millwork (cases and cabinets) are starting to arrive and soon more equipment will be delivered. Coolers for food and beverage storage are in place and food service equipment is coming in. The kitchen areas have epoxy flooring installed and stainless steel has been added to the walls.
Groenendal explained that the work is being done in phases and in areas. Multiple floors and areas are being worked on at the same time. With an average of 450 to 500 workers on the job, each is taking on a particular specialty.
"Everybody is doing their part and working together," he said. "We have a good team of subcontractors."