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The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians replacement casino and resort project has moved to the next level by installing 5,500 tons of structural steel that will allow the construction to move upwards.

 

Tom Groenendal, Senior Superintendent for C.W. Driver, said the replacement casino will use 3,900 tons of the product and the hotel will take the other 1,600 tons.

 

"The structural steel acts as the backbone for the entire project; it supports all the other elements," he said. "It will take roughly nine to 12 weeks to get all the steel in place."

 

Oklahoma City-based W&W/AFCO Steel was chosen after the scope of work was sent out for proposals from five companies.

 

"W&W was selected as a best value partner and presented ‘outside the box' ideas to meet the schedule," Groenendal said. "Before the steel could be placed we had to complete mass excavation and grading (leveling of the site), and have rebar and concrete in place for the foundations and walls that support the steel."

 

The American-made steel is being fabricated in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Arkansas and Arizona. Delivery of beams began on Sept. 11.

 

"We don't purchase any foreign material for our projects, nor are we ever intending to do so," said Tim Hunter, W&W/AFCO Steel Vice President/Project Manager.

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For an idea of what’s to come, have a look at the latest design video for the new casino replacement facility.

 

 

The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is pleased with the progress being made to complete its replacement casino for an expected grand opening in the fall of 2018. The project includes a 200-room hotel, pool, two restaurants, a food court and sports bar, a 15,000-sq. ft. banquet and meeting facility for conferences and special events. The casino itself will have 2,000 slot machines and 28 table games. The venue will be located north of Lake Park Drive, adjacent to The Country Club at Soboba Springs.

 

Since the groundbreaking on Feb. 28, which was attended by tribal council members from other Southern California tribes, Hemet and San Jacinto city council members and school district representatives and Riverside County law enforcement personnel, Soboba has worked closely with local companies to develop the utility and transportation infrastructure for the project. The Tribe would like to thank Eastern Municipal Water District, the city of San Jacinto, Southern California Edison and SoCal Gas for their continued support as this exciting new project moves forward with its promise for economic growth and shared prosperity for the entire community.

 

The venture is expected to create 300 to 500 permanent new jobs at the casino/resort, as well as drive economic development for the entire San Jacinto Valley, which includes the work of thousands of local contractors working on this project for the next 18-plus months. In conjunction with the casino replacement project, Soboba is planning to develop a fire station, office building and cultural center on the south side of Lake Park Drive, as well as a new home for the Soboba Indian Health Clinic currently located on the Ramona Expressway, west of the San Jacinto River.

 

Soboba has retained the internationally renowned Friedmutter Group to serve as the architects and engineers for the project's design. Friedmutter specializes exclusively in hospitality, gaming and entertainment projects of all sizes around the world. The general contractor for the project is C.W. Driver Companies, the oldest active licensed builder headquartered in Southern California.

 

One day a week, 300 cement mixers are constantly traveling back and forth to the site to deliver cement needed for the foundation of the basement that will be used for the facility's back-of-house operations. To date, 5,000 cubic yards of concrete has been poured. Recently, 2,000 tons of rebar was delivered to the site and tied to support the concrete walls.

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It has been a long time coming but the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians finally had the opportunity to thank everyone who has patiently supported its endeavors to secure the Horseshoe Property with the intention of building a replacement casino and resort.

 

February 28's invitation-only groundbreaking ceremony brought together Soboba tribal members, administrators, city and corporate officials and hundreds of guests to witness this milestone in the history of the tribe.

 

Tribal Administrator Michael Castello welcomed the crowd and introduced Steven Estrada, Chairman of the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians to provide a prayer in his native language. Translation for part of it was: "it is a good day to bring blessings upon this land and give the Soboba people strength as they proceed."

 

Estrada was then joined by Joe Ontiveros, director of Soboba's Cultural Resources Department, and other bird singers to share songs with the crowd that gathered at the future site of the complex near Lake Park Drive and Soboba Road in San Jacinto.

 

Tribal Council Chairman Scott Cozart spoke about the great mentors that helped get the tribe to this day, starting with bingo halls that he helped vote for back in the day. Elders such as Marian Chacon and Benny Helms were cited as always supporting what was best for all tribal members

 

He said the 1987 Cabazon Decision allowed for Vegas-style gaming to be conducted on the reservation and the rest is history.

 

"How far we have come since then is amazing," Cozart said.

 

Tribal Council Vice Chair Isaiah Vivanco, treasurer Kelli Hurtado and Sergeant at Arms Rose Salgado were also at the celebration to recognize all the tribal elders and members.

 

"This is for you and our future," Vivanco said.

 

He introduced dignitaries including members of the Soboba Foundation, tribal council members from other Southern California tribes, school board members, Hemet and San Jacinto unified school district representatives, local law enforcement and Hemet and San Jacinto city council members.

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Soboba has reached an agreement with Friedmutter Group to be the Architect/Engineering company for the design of the Tribe's Replacement Casino. The Soboba Tribal Council is working closely with Friedmutter Group on the replacement casino, which will include a 200-room hotel, 2000 slot machines, 24 table games, spa/fitness center, 15,000 square foot Mutli-Purpose Room for conferences and special events, 6 food outlets, pool and sports bar.


The Tribe's goal is to break ground in November of 2016. The project is expected to create approximately 700-800 new jobs at the Casino/Resort as well as drive economic development not only for Soboba but for the entire San Jacinto Valley.