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May 31, 2018

Public Building
Over $100 million

Photo provided by Swinerton
Swinerton began earthwork for the casino several months early to avoid winter weather.

Ilani Casino Resort

Location: Ridgefield, Clark County

General contractor: Swinerton

Primary designer: The Friedmutter Group

Owner's representative: Salishan Mohegan LLC

Ilani Casino Resort has over 356,000 square feet for gaming, dining, entertainment and retail areas, along with parking space for 3,000 cars.

The design-build project includes a 100,000 square-foot gaming floor with 2,500 slot machines and 75 table games, as well as a variety of restaurants and a food court. Finishes throughout the casino represent important aspects of the Cowlitz Tribe's heritage.

The building required the development of over 50 acres of land in order to build the structure. At the time of project award, the project schedule was not to start until Jan. 1, 2016 — in the heart of winter.

Swinerton identified risk starting a major earthwork operation during the winter months, and worked with the owner and architect to prioritize the design, allowing construction to start in September. First-phase earthwork was able to commence during the dry season and mitigated significant ground modification costs that would have been required if earthwork took place during the winter.

The original project completion date was May 26, 2017, which Swinerton beat by six weeks. The company's goal was not only to finish early but to mitigate delays as obstacles arose.

Swinerton took a nontraditional approach to building the structure by sequencing the superstructure construction around the critical path of the project: the casino floor and ceiling. The decision to take a nontraditional approach to building the superstructure cut the critical path on the project by six weeks.

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