The Tulalip Tribes, Marysville
Architect: Ruhl-Parr & Associates, Bellevue
General contractor: Mortenson/Gobin Joint Venture:
M.A. Mortenson Co., Bellevue
Gobin Hauling and Excavating, Marysville
Structural engineer: Shutler Consulting Engineers, Bellevue
Electrical engineer: AES Engineers, Seattle
Civil engineer: PacLand, Seattle
Mechical engineer: AE Associates, Seattle
Landscape architect: Ken Large Landscape Architect,
Interior design: Interior Design International, Seattle
Art and decor: Tribal imagery predominates inside and outside the casino, including sea themes and depictions of Northwest wildlife. A 32-foot-high vaulted ceiling at the main entrance features a hand-painted mural illustrating the journey of the salmon. A larger dome in the center of the casino extends the salmon theme. Thousands of lights decorate the ceiling, from which 70 “art pods” featuring canoes, waves, leaves and other natural themes have been suspended to add dimension.
Restaurants: Tulalip Bay features A curved wall with a hand-carved Lucite window depicting the vista of Tulalip Bay. The window divides the dining room from the smaller rosewood-walled wine room, which sports a Dale Chihuly glass chandelier. The cavernous Canoes Cabaret seats 300-350 and features an entertainment stage. The space may be expanded to twice its size during a later phase of construction. Two other restaurants include the 24-hour Cedars Cafe, and Eagles Buffet.
Mechanical systems: The air circulation system changes the air inside the casino 20-30 times an hour to create a relatively smoke-free environment. Outdoor air is pumped in at floor level to push smoky air upwards.
Electrical systems: Two 3,000-amp circuits, each with its own transformer help power the casino. Redundant backup power systems are designed to ensure that even a large electrical outage will not affect 90 percent of the lights or cause a flicker on the gaming screens. From five hidden mezzanine areas, technicians can monitor, repair and install new games on any of the casino’s 2,000 video slot machines.
Gaming: In addition to the 2,000 video slots, the gaming floor includes 49 gaming tables, 10 poker tables and a 10-table high-roller room with a VIP lounge.
About the Tulalip Tribes: The tribes consist of descendants of the Snohomish, Skagit, Samish, Snoqualmie, Suiattle and Stillaguamish tribes. An 1855 treaty established the Tulalip Tribes, which now number about 3,200.
The Tulalip Casino is open 24 hours Wednesday through Sunday; 10 a.m.-6 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Valet parking is $2, but free parking is available in the 5,470-car parking lot. Not all of the casino’s four restaurants will be open until July. For more information, call the casino at (360) 651-111 or (888) 272-1111, or visit www.tulalipcasino.com.