The Association of General Contractors (AGC) of California honored McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. with a 2009 Excellence in Partnering Award for the expansion of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino. The annual awards program recognizes the state’s construction projects that best epitomize the principles of partnering. Honored in the hospitality and entertainment category, McCarthy was recognized for its teamwork and collaboration in completing the 605,000-square-foot expansion of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold.
“We’re incredibly honored to receive this award,” said Rich Henry, president of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.’s Northern Pacific Division. “The key to this project’s success was the willingness and ability of all entities involved to collaborate and work together. We were presented with some challenges, including building the expansion tower in the midst of existing resort activity, but all were resolved through communication and partnership.”
The Excellence in Partnering Awards are presented annually by AGC of California for the purpose of identifying excellence in partnering, celebrating success and honoring stakeholders. The nominated projects are judged on adherence to the principles of partnering, team building and effective communication, goals evaluation, conflict resolution, and delivery of a safe and quality project.
The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino expansion project included a new 13-story hotel tower, full service spa, indoor/outdoor pool, restaurant, arcade, administrative offices and a five-story, 814-car parking structure. The hotel tower adds an additional 214 luxury rooms and suites to the resort’s existing 192-unit room inventory, for a total of 406 rooms and suites. It includes numerous room upgrades and amenities, including larger-sized rooms, granite countertops and plasma televisions. Its suites feature fireplaces, separate seating areas and jetted tubs.
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino is owned by the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians. The expansion project’s architect was Thalden-Boyd Architects of St. Louis.