Premier gaming and entertainment destination in Sonoma County prepares to welcome new resort, spa, meeting space and pool
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Hundreds of construction tradesmen and women gathered together last April 26 along with leadership from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and business and community leaders to place the final beam atop the new six-story hotel tower at Graton Resort & Casino, marking a major construction milestone known as “Topping Off” for the $175 million 342,000-square foot expansion. As the premier gaming and entertainment destination in Sonoma County’s wine country, the expansion will add accommodations including a full-service 200-guestroom hotel featuring an opulent lobby, a luxurious 10,000-square foot spa, 20,000-square feet of flexible event and convention space and an outdoor resort-style pool area to the existing Las Vegas-style gaming and incredible culinary offerings. The resort’s expansion broke ground in September and is expected to be completed and open to guests this Fall.
In addition to the Topping Off ceremony, Graton Resort & Casino unveiled the design and decor for the hotel guestrooms. The hotel’s 200 guestrooms and suites range from more than 500 square feet to 2,600 square feet and have been designed with a “California casual elegance” inspiration which includes clean lines and contemporary tones, warm rich colors, natural elements and vivid accent colors.
EXPANSION CONSTRUCTION FUN FACTS:
• The expansion is estimated to provide more than 1,000 construction jobs throughout the various stages of development and will utilize nearly 100 California-based companies.
• 500,000 total construction worker hours will be used to complete the 342,000 square foot expansion.
• 14,000 cubic yards of concrete will be used, equivalent to a football field eight feet high.
• More than 1,000 tons of steel will be utilized.
• 95,000 square feet of metal decking will be used.
• 3,700-square feet of Terrazzo (blend of marble, quartz, granite and glass) will be poured throughout the first floor of the expansion.
• 263 miles of copper power wiring will be used.
• 214 miles of fiber optic strands will run throughout the venue.
• 47 miles of low voltage DataCom cables will be used.
• 312,000 pounds of HVAC mechanical equipment will be installed.
• Station Casinos’ Design and Construction department is managing the entire design and construction build out of the expansion with the collaborative direction and vision of Greg Sarris, Tribal Chair of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Additionally, the expansion is supported by Penta Building Group serving as the General Contractor and The Friedmutter Group serving as the architecture and interior design firm.
Located just off U.S. Highway 101 near Rohnert Park, California, the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino opened in November 2013 is the closest full-service casino to San Francisco. The resort and its new offerings will join the existing array of more than 130 popular table games, 3,000 slot and video poker games, live poker, an 8,700-square-foot events center for concerts and special events, and a dozen restaurants and bars, including Tony’s of North Beach, operated by 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani, 630 Park Steakhouse, Daily Grill, and a variety of casual dining choices inside the 500-seat Marketplace. Learn more at: www.GratonResortCasino.com, www.facebook.com/GratonCasino or www.twitter.com/PlayGraton.
About The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
In 1992, the Tribe was established as the Federated Coast Miwok; then, upon federal restoration in 2000, renamed the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The 1,300-member tribe consists of both Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo people. Their tribal ancestors existed for thousands of years in what is now Marin and southern Sonoma counties. Under the leadership of its Tribal Chairman Greg Sarris, the tribe is the owner of Graton Resort & Casino.
About The Development/Management Partner, Station Casinos LLC
Graton Resort & Casino was developed and is managed on behalf of the Tribe by Station Casinos LLC., a Las Vegas-based gaming and hospitality firm founded in 1976 in Las Vegas by the Fertitta family. Station Casinos owns and operates 19 resorts and casinos throughout Nevada. (Photo by Gary De Guzman)