Hill picked to move tribe’s casino 17 miles
Hill International has been awarded a contract by the Tule River Tribe Gaming Authority in Porterville, California to provide owner’s representative services for Phase 1 of the relocation of the authority’s Eagle Mountain Casino.
Valued at $200m, the project will move casino operations to a new-built complex some 17 miles from its current location on the Tule River Indian Reservation to the City of Porterville.
The long-planned move will free up the reservation’s limited water supply for critical housing for tribal members, the casino said.
The first phase of the work includes building a new 2,000-seat event center, restaurants and bars and gaming spaces for 1,750 slot machines and 20 table games.
A hotel will be built in the second phase.
Hill’s services will encompass construction management, scheduling, estimating and cost management, quality control, planning and coordination with third-party providers, and contract administration, among others.
“This project shows the strength of the Eagle Mountain Casino experience specifically and the return of tourism in general as we emerge from the pandemic,” says Hill Vice President, Native American Program Services Henry Corken. “Our team has a demonstrated history managing projects for Native American gaming clients across the U.S., and we’ll bring our best practices to Eagle Mountain to make certain the project is a success.”