Officials of Pala Casino Spa & Resort last week announced plans for an expansion and complete renovation of its property. Construction of the $170 million project will begin in October 2017 and be completed in May 2019.
The renovation and expansion will include: the addition of a new 349 room hotel tower; the conversion of the existing resort pool into a multi-pool and entertainment resort complex; the construction of an inventory of unique hotel suites that will overlook the Starlight Theater event lawn and the new pool and entertainment complex; expanded gaming and casino bar space; a parking garage expansion; a completely remodeled restaurant promenade; a complete refresh of the entire casino interior; a complete refresh of the entire existing hotel tower.
"Our ability to exponentially expand and refresh Pala Casino Spa & Resort is a true testament to, not only the growth of Pala, but also to the thriving economy and the continued strength of the gaming industry in California," said Robert Smith, Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. "This is a significant milestone for our Tribe and we look forward to continuing to exceed the expectations of our loyal patrons."
Once completed, Pala's hotel will offer 854 deluxe rooms and suites, beautifully appointed with the finest amenities. The hotel suites that will be added will overlook the new multi-pool and entertainment complex and the Starlight Theater, Pala's custom built outdoor entertainment venue, which offers outstanding headliner acts and state-of-the-art sound and lighting.
The project will increase Pala's casino from its current 90,000 square feet to over 102,000 square feet of gaming space. The expansion will allow Pala Casino to increase its offering of slot and video machines to 2,500 and its offering of table games to 88.
"We are very excited to engage in our third major expansion since our introduction to the Southern California gaming and hospitality market more than 16 years ago. As in the past, we expect elements of this expansion and upgrade to be unique to our property and to set new resort standards," said Bill Bembenek, Chief Executive Officer of Pala Casino Spa & Resort. "This significant expansion project will complement our already luxurious resort offerings while providing our patrons with new world-class amenities."
Pala's renovation and expansion project will create 400 construction jobs and, once complete, add over 200 new employment opportunities to Pala's current team of 2,000 team members.
The construction company selected for the renovation and expansion is Level 10 Construction with headquarters in San Francisco, CA, and offices in Sunnyvale and San Diego, CA. The architect is Klai Juba Wald of Las Vegas, NV. The contributing architect is Marks Architects of San Diego, CA.