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Grand opening success for Choctaw Casino Resort

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DENVER – WorthGroup Architects celebrated the early opening of the Choctaw Casino Resort expansion project in Durant, Okla. for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

According to firm President Brian Fagerstrom, “the opening of the property was one of the most spectacular celebrations our firm has been a part of, complete with perfect weather for an amazing fireworks show befitting a Las Vegas revel.”

While the grand opening was officially scheduled for Feb. 9, the property was completed in time for an early opening where thousands came to play and enjoy the highly-anticipated resort property. “Reaction of visitors was one of the best parts of the week-long celebration as they asked themselves if they are really in Durant,” Fagerstrom said.

The destination casino resort offers a world-class experience complete with Vegas-style signature design throughout the property. Design of the casino resort focuses on the individuality of the Choctaw Nation. Bryan Hamlin, vice president of design for WorthGroup Architects, said “the design showcases the rich culture and heritage of the Choctaw Nation through interpretive design and tribal influences.”

A striking first impression occurs along the entry sequence with a dazzling building light show and the Fire and Water sculpture. Once inside, a one-of-a-kind, eight foot glass mosaic White Buffalo creates a unique and majestic impact with an 80-foot long kinetic water wall with its own synchronized light show and custom composed music as the backdrop for the buffalo.

The $300 million expansion project was designed and constructed in 22 months. The resort offers guests 110,000 square feet of gaming space which houses about 3,000 slot machines, 30 poker tables and 38 table games. In addition to gaming, 204,000 square feet of hospitality space offers 330 hotel rooms with a variety of suites, an indoor/outdoor natatorium and pool, fitness center and spa. A variety of dining options are provided including a 400-seat buffet, 140-seat café, 120-seat steakhouse, 50-seat TexMex restaurant, 35-seat coffee house, a 100-seat four-station food court, and several lounge areas.

Flintco Constructive Solutions served as the program manager and general contractor on the project.