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ANCHORAGE, AK, DEC. 18, 2007 -- WHPacific, Inc. (formerly ASCG Incorporated), an engineering, architectural, planning and surveying firm operating in eight states, has been selected by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to provide master planning and architectural/ engineering design services for their new casino at the Interstate 5 / Portland Avenue location in Tacoma, Washington. John Rense, president of WHPacific, made the announcement.
The Puyallup is a Native American tribe from western Washington who settled onto reservation lands in what is today Tacoma, Washington. The Tribe was a signatory in 1854 to the Treaty of Medicine Creek. The Puyallup Indian reservation today is located primarily in northern Pierce County, with a very small part extending north into the City of Federal Way in King County. The reservation population, per 2000 census figures, is 41,341. The Puyallup Tribe, is governed by a seven-member Council elected by the Membership, employs about 1,800 persons. The Tribe owns and operates two Class III gaming facilities within the reservation's exterior boundaries.
According to Tom Cassidy, AIA, Associate Vice President, Hospitality Services for WHPacific, the firm will provide master planning for a 50+ acre site contiguous to Interstate 5 and served directly through an east-westbound interchange at Portland Avenue (Exit 134). The master plan will include a 150,000 square-foot Class III gaming facility (the design will allow space for 2,000 gaming machines, 125 gaming tables, events facility, food and beverage venues), and phased development including mixed-use (tribal governance, commercial, retail and hospitality facilities), tribal administration office expansion, justice center, and elders and children's services facilities. The casino design also includes a 1,600+ elevated parking structure. Construction is slated to begin 2nd Quarter 2009.
Last month, Flintco and WHPacific were selected by the Comanche Nation as the design-build team for their new $97 million casino/hotel complex near Lawton, Okla. The facility is slated to open in Fall 2009 and is located south of Lawton on the Texas border. The casino will feature 1,100 slots, 15 table games, a poker room, steakhouse, buffet, 24-hour restaurant/deli and retail shops. The 151-room hotel will have indoor/outdoor pools, spa, health club, and direct access to the golf club house and conference center.
WHPacific, Inc. (www.whpacific.com) is a minority business enterprise as certified by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. WHPacific is 100 percent Native American owned by NANA Development Corporation of Anchorage, Alaska. The company provides a broad range of services including engineering, architecture, surveying and planning to commercial and governmental clients nationwide. WHPacific has 17 offices in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
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