Roy Anderson wins $200m contract to build casino and hotel project in Arkansas

WCN Editorial Team 24 Apr 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Roy Anderson, a subsidiary of Tutor Perini, has secured a $200m contract from Delaware North for the Southland Gaming Casino and Hotel Project in West Memphis, Arkansas.

The scope of the project work includes the expansion of Southland Gaming and Racing Park. It will also feature a new casino complex and a 20-storey hotel.

Covering a total area of 240,000ft2, the casino complex will feature new and expanded dining options such as larger buffet and steakhouse restaurants, new food hall, coffee shop and player lounge.

The 20-storey hotel tower, which represents signature component of the expansion, will feature 300 rooms, of which 216 will be standard rooms, 72 will be corner suites and 12 will be penthouse suites. Onsite parking will be expanded by building a new covered garage with 1,250 spaces.

Work on the project will begin immediately with substantial completion is anticipated to take place in January 2021.

In January this year, Delaware North, which owns and operates Southland Gaming & Racing, announced that it aims to invest $250m to expand the gaming and entertainment destination to include a new casino and a high-rise hotel.

With the project, Southland will extend its gaming offerings from the present 2,000 to 2,400 gaming machines and as many as 60 live table games.

Back when the announcement was made, Delaware North Co-CEO Lou Jacobs said: “Delaware North is thrilled to make this historic announcement of a $250 million expansion of Southland Gaming & Racing, which represents the largest ever investment in a casino in Arkansas and one of the largest for a hospitality project.”

The project is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs during the construction phase and 400 permanent jobs when the project is completed, bringing the total employment at Southland to about 1,200 jobs.

Delaware North said that it is privately financing the project and no public funds will be used for the project.

Founded in 1915, Delaware North is owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years. The company operates entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos, with annual revenues of about $3bn.

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Image: Delaware North’s Southland Gaming Casino and Hotel. Photo: Courtesy of Delaware North Companies.

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