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Swinerton Builders: September 11, 2013

Pechanga Resort & Casino undergoing renovations

Amidst a significant facelift, Pechanga Resort & Casino has closed off several areas to the public for several months.

Construction began Tuesday, Sept. 3, to overhaul the hotel lobby, guest check-in, VIP check-in lounge, three restaurants and gift shop at the Temecula-area resort.

“It’s not a total redesign,” said Pechanga Development Corporation President, Patrick Murphy. “It’s mostly concentrated in the lobby.”

The $262 million Pechanga Casino & Resort, which opened in June 2002 during a boom period for Inland-area tribal gambling establishments, was overdue for rejuvenation, he said.

The original décor represented a fusion of nature and Indian designs showcasing a Frank Lloyd Wright style of architecture. “We’re using the same materials in a different, more modern way,” Murphy said. “The result will be more chic, upscale and elegant.”

Interior designer Ann Fleming said the remodel will open up spaces, allowing guests to fully appreciate the lobby’s high ceiling. The refreshed appearance calls for removal of the 35-foot polyurethane oak tree and two water features – to be supplanted by a “rain curtain” appearing to cascade from a 25-foot crystal chandelier. Another “wow” factor, Fleming noted: 20,000-square-feet of marble flooring replacing the stamped concrete.

Makeovers with playful colors, furnishings and finishes will jazz up the 24-hour Pechanga Café and Blazing Noodles restaurant. Artwork will reflect imagery from the tribe’s cultural archives, said Fleming, a partner with Cleo Design of Las Vegas.

The Seafood Grotto will transition into the brighter, jewel-toned, more contemporary Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar with a long center counter dining, flanked by tables and booths. “More sophisticated, but still casual,” Fleming said. Another seafood bar will look out onto the casino floor. Workers will demolish the rock walls between Grotto and Blazing Noodles.

A new java and vino venue, simply called The Coffee & Wine Bar, will replace the hotel gift shop

Patrons need not leave Pechanga for meals during the construction. Six of its restaurants, as well as Journey’s End inside the resort’s golf club house, are open for regular business. Some of these places have added hours and favorite menu items from the eateries that will be closed during the four-month renovation.

The entire project, which will include a remodel of the Eagle’s Nest rooftop nightclub beginning in early October, is expected to wrap by the end of 2013, said builder Mark Payne, vice president and division manager of the San Diego-based Swinerton Builders.

Removing walls that separate an adjoining meeting space will expand the popular club and afford sweeping views of the Temecula hills to the southeast and of the valley to the northwest. Uplit branches on the walls, natural wood, stone finishes and colorful furniture and accessories will enhance the feel of “nesting.” The club will remain open with a more limited capacity during construction.

The shuttered restaurants plan to re-open by Thanksgiving.

The renovations will not affect guests staying in any of the 14-story hotel’s 517 rooms. The resort will relocate check-in to an area directly inside from the casino’s valet station. During construction guests will receive the same uninterrupted amenities, including complimentary valet service, bellhop services and 24-hour room service.

Many tribal casinos spent heavily on additions before the recession, but major investments have been infrequent in the last five years.

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