ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Copyright © 2013 Albuquerque Journal
Sandia Resort & Casino is in expansion mode.
The gaming mecca and resort complex just north of Albuquerque is getting a new spa, golf pavilion and four-story parking garage, Sandia pueblo announced Friday.
Ground should be broken by the beginning of 2014 and the projects are expected to take a year to complete.
They are “part of ongoing improvements” to the property, according to a news release.
The new Green Reed Spa and golf pavilion are slated to go near the existing golf club on the east side of the resort, while the parking garage should go up on the north side of the property.
Sandia has hired Albuquerque-based Jaynes Corp. and regional contractor Arviso Okland for the work.
“We are excited about these projects and are even more thrilled at the opportunity to provide additional employment for local residents,” Sandia Gov. Victor Montoya said in a statement.
Montoya was unavailable for comment Friday. A representative of his office would not say how much the projects cost or comment on their size.
Shannon Parkinson, the governor’s assistant, did say the new spa will replace the existing 12,000-square-foot Green Reed Spa – located steps away from the busy casino floor and Tlur Pa lounge – but not how Sandia would utilize that space moving forward.
Located just north of Albuquerque, Sandia enjoys the highest slot-machine net win of any tribe in the state. Net win is the amount wagered on slot machines minus payouts and regulatory fees.
Based on New Mexico Gaming Control Board reports, Sandia netted $90.1 million on its slots during the first half of this year. No other tribe comes close.
Laguna Pueblo – which has two casinos – had the state’s second-highest net win during that span, at $49 million.
Sandia opened its casino in 2001. The pueblo added the seven-story resort hotel and spa and the 18-hole golf course in 2005.
Don Power, chairman and CEO of Jaynes, said his company was notified Thursday that it had been awarded the contract to build the parking structure.
“It’s encouraging to see people recommitting their money back into the economy, there’s no doubt about that,” he said. “It will create new jobs, both on the casino side and certainly on the construction side, so everybody’s excited about it.”
There has been a lot of earth-moving work around the resort and casino in recent months, and speculation has been that it has been focused on retention ponds and flood plain improvements. The pueblo would not comment on that activity.