Thalden-Boyd Designed Resort Breaks Ground in New Mexico

Groundbreaking for the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Buffalo Thunder Resort is scheduled for January 2007, Tribal Governor George Rivera has announced.
Buffalo Thunder Resort is located on Highway 84/285, 12 miles north of Santa Fe. The construction will be on a 587-acre site that is currently home to the Hale Irwin and Bill Phillips designed Towa Golf Course and adjacent to the 81-unit Homewood Suites by Hilton.
Buffalo Thunder, designed to be a Four-Star destination resort, will include the 390-room Hilton Santa Fe North, a spa and fitness facility, several restaurants, entertainment venues, meeting space and a new upscale casino. The facility is expected to be substantially complete by the fall of 2008.
Tulsa-based Thalden-Boyd Architects, a firm specializing in Native American casino design, is serving as the architects for the project.
The new resort will feature 66,000 SF of meeting space and include a 1,200 seat ballroom. There also will be a 16,000 SF spa/salon and exercise facility, a 12,700 SF retail promenade, an 8,000 SF children’s recreation area, and a 100 seat outdoor performance space. The resort will be built in the traditional Pueblo style architecture.
The hotel and resort will be managed by Hilton Hotels Corporation.
The new Las Vegas style casino will be operated by Buffalo Thunder Inc. and will contain more than 151,000 SF. The casino will feature 1,200 slot machines 25 table games, a horse and dog simulcast wagering area and a 10-table poker room.

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