While architects finalized interior designs, truckloads of structural steel have begun to arrive on the construction site of Downstream Casino Resort. The casino is located north of Interstate 44 in the northeast corner of Ottawa County near the Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas borders.
More than 2,400 cubic yards of concrete were poured from mid-August through the first week of October to complete the 70,000-SF foundation of the casino building, and according to John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe and the Downstream Authority, the construction schedule remains on-course for a summer 2008 opening $200 million first phase of the resort.
“Right now this is the largest construction project in the state of Oklahoma, and we are moving very fast. You can see the progress on a daily basis,” Berrey said.
A 40,000-SF building with administrative offices and warehouse space has also been added to the project. It will be just west and behind the casino/hotel complex.
By October 10, equipment operators had unloaded 2,000 tons of structural steel shipped by rail to a steel fabrication plant in Ottawa, Kan. A crew of more than 200 steel workers is building the steel structure in shifts to maximize the use of daylight. The structural steel is scheduled to be complete by Jan. 1.
The hotel foundation will be poured while steel goes up for the casino, with steel work on the hotel beginning soon after.
Downstream Casino Resort Phase I – part of a planned multi-phase entertainment development – includes: a casino with about 2,100 slot machines, 30 table games, 15 poker tables, and a high-limit area; an upscale 226-room hotel with luxury suites; a high-end steakhouse with seating for about 100 guests; a buffet restaurant, food court and sports bar with a race book; an 8,800-SF conference center; outdoor swimming pool with 10,000-SF deck and space designated for a spa to be added in a later phase; two 18-hole golf courses at nearby Loma Linda Country Club; retail shops; a separate administration/warehouse building; and an RV parking lot with hookups. The 12-story hotel, at just under 200 feet above grade, will be the tallest building in the tri-state region.