Scottsdale, AZ - The new Casino Arizona [www.casinoaz.com], in Scottsdale is a key catalyst in driving economic growth and redevelopment in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Casino Arizona is located at Loop 101 and McKellips Road and opened in the fall of 2000. The 146,000- sq.-ft. building includes 500 slot machines, 50 poker tables, off-track betting, keno, a 660-seat bingo hall and a showroom that holds up to 220 people.
The casino will add an immense economic boost to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The income the gaming facilities generate will improve infrastructure, schools and services, greatly impacting the quality of life for the entire community. Chanen Construction Company, Inc., Phoenix [www.chanen.com], was the general contractor and construction manager.
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
[www.saltriver.pima-maricopa.nsn.us/]shares the heritage of two Native American Tribes - the Pima and the Maricopa. The Pima are closely related to the Tohono O'odham of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico. Originally, the Maricopa lived west of the Pima, along the Colorado River. They are linguistically related to the Yuman tribes of the Colorado River. These two tribes, the Pima and Maricopa, have lived together as allies since the mid-1800s. The community is nestled between Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Fountain Hills and the Phoenix metropolitan area. Established in 1879, the community covers just over 52,000 acres and has a population of more than 5,000. As a community, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa people are influenced by the rich heritage of their ancestors. With this they continue in balance and harmony as they prosper as one nation.
A view of the east side of Casino Arizona, located at Loop 101 and McKelips Road on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian reservation.
The $48-million-dollar-project was financed in part by the revenues from two temporary, stressed membrane structures also built by Chanen Construction Company.
The Kugel ball, a special water structure made of granite created by the Kugel Company in Germany, is the feature icon of the new Casino Arizona.
One of the spectacular amenities the casino offers is a 7½ ton floating Kugel ball, a special water structure made of granite. This ball is one meter in diameter and sits on a film of water, which in turn rotates the ball. Another unique feature is the terrazzo flooring. It is laid out in 10 different colors that form a flowing pattern throughout the facility, similar to that of a river and its environs, to accentuate the Community's long history of life along the Salt River. In addition, the casino hosts three other water features: two outdoor fountains and a pond located adjacent to the piano lounge
The casino has a state-of-the-art Cosatron air filtration system, where the smoke is exhausted by vents in the ceiling through charcoal and re-circulated back into the casino. This high-efficiency system keeps fresh air flowing in and circulating. The project was designed by Leo A. Daly, Phoenix, and FFKR, Salt Lake City.
Other special features in the casino include four bars and five restaurants, a number of buffets and a steakhouse, an eight-foot video wall for poker, a large screen TV for watching feature races at off-track betting, a 38-ft.-high dome over the slots and skylights for natural lighting. In addition, display cases feature Native American history and artistry.
The new $48-million Casino Arizona at McKellips Rd. east of Pima Rd.
The high circular roof features the painted, award-winning Casino Arizona logo. The logo, situated directly above the slot floor, is over 70 ft. in diameter and is easily visible from overhead air traffic.