Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma recently broke ground on an expansion project at its resort property in Durant, Okla. The number of rooms in the luxury hotel will increase by 1,000 making it a total of more than 1,600, the largest hotel room count in the state. The nation plans to invest more than $500 million on the project and this is the fourth expansion project since the original casino opened in 2006.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton led the groundbreaking ceremony – held on the resort property – and was joined by city officials, tribal council members, multiple gaming industry professionals, community members and associates.

The developer for the expansion is the TynanGroup LLC. TynanGroup is a national, real estate development services firm that has been helping clients successfully navigate the development process for over 28 years. 

“The Choctaw Nation’s latest expansion in Durant will elevate the resort and gaming experience in Oklahoma to the likes of which are typically found only in Las Vegas,” said John Tynan, chairman and CEO of TynanGroup. “With a focus on the benefits this project will bring to the Choctaw Nation, the City of Durant, as well as the entire region, the Choctaw Nation has assembled a world-class team to build this mega-project.  TynanGroup is proud to be working closely with the Choctaw Nation on this expansion.”

Tutor Perini Building Corp. leads a design-build team that includes design partners JCJ Architecture and Friedmutter Group. As Architect of Record, JCJ Architecture is responsible for the overall design of the project, drawing on the firm’s expertise leading large scale, complex destination gaming resort projects. JCJ’s history of collaboration with the Choctaw Nation stretches back more than 10 years and across multiple project types. Friedmutter Group is a Las Vegas based architecture, interior design and planning firm that specializes in gaming and hospitality. The Friedmutter Group brings their extensive knowledge of design for gaming environments to the casino portion of the project.