Tenant improvement
Under $5 million

Muckleshoot Casino improvements

Location: Auburn
General contractor: J.R. Abbott Construction
Owner/developer: Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Architect: Helix Design Group
Engineer: URS Corp.
Contract amount: $1.8 million

Completing tenant improvements in a fully operational casino presents many issues.

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe was able to keep its casino running through the 20 phases of the project due to J.R. Abbott Construction’s aggressive approach to planning and scheduling. Phases were often completed well ahead of schedule, minimizing downtime for the gaming machines.

To provide power to the poker tables, crews installed under-slab walker duct. The area could only be partially closed down because the casino needed to keep many of the tables open for gaming. Yet the noise generated by cutting the slab would have been extremely distracting to patrons.

To solve these problems, Abbott created a portable sound capsule that followed the saw cutter as he worked his way around the floor. The capsule, a concept the judges called “innovative” and “a terrific idea,” not only minimized noise, it also collected the dust created by the saw cutting.

Abbott and the Muckleshoots also sought to incorporate tribal labor. Abbot actively searched out and hired Muckleshoot workers for the project.

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