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Swinerton Builders Seattle: July 29, 2016

Top Projects 2016

The Vancouver Business Journal’s special Top Projects edition features each year’s most outstanding construction projects.

This year’s collection of developments paints a robust and exciting picture of Southwest Washington’s business, transportation and residential growth.

This year’s Top Project is the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s resort casino, ilani, a 368,000-square-foot facility that will feature 15 restaurants, bars and retail shops; a 100,000-square-foot gaming floor; and event space with seating up to 2,500 guests. Ilani, with a construction cost of $196,000,000, is also the largest commercial project that broke ground this year. The top public works project is the C-Tran Bus Rapid Transit project on Fourth Plain Boulevard. This project, at a construction cost $15,352,230, consists of 33 new bus stops and improvements throughout the most heavily used transit corridor in C-Tran’s system. The largest residential project this year is the second and third phases of Pleasant View Estates in Vancouver, with a total of 206 single family homes to be developed.

Other notable projects include the Sunlight Supply World Headquarters, a $26 million dollar consolidation of the Vancouver company’s facilities; both residential and commercial remodels of various historic buildings at the Fort Vancouver National Site West Barracks; and a zeitgeist of home and apartment building.

Top Projects Submission Guidelines

Top Projects accepts and publishes all commercial, public and residential projects for which a reasonable amount of information can be verified. Projects may be located in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties and must have must have broken ground during the time specified in the year prior to the publication. We strive to maintain the highest level of accuracy, and we do not publish projects for which we cannot personally verify construction cost, general contractor, owner or construction start and end dates. Please visit www.vbjusa.com and click on Breaking Ground to submit your next project or to be sure you are on our email list when we call for submissions. Thank you!


1. Ilani


Developed by Salishan-Mohegan LLC in collaboration with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, ilani will be a premier gaming, dining, entertainment and meeting destination in Southwest Washington when completed in spring 2017. The 368,000-square-foot facility will have 15 restaurants, bars and retail shops; a 100,000-square-foot gaming floor with 2,500 slot machines, 75 table games, a high limit gaming room and VIP Lounge; and event space with seating for up to 2,500 guests.

Construction Cost: $196,000,000

Start Date: 8/31/2015 Completion Date: 5/30/2017

General Contractor: Swinerton Builders

Project Owner: Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Funding Source: Bank of America, Key Bank, Citizens Bank, Columbia Bank, Merrill Lynch

Project Executive: Kara Fox-LaRose, General Manager

Architect: Friedmutter Group

Engineers/Planners: Kittelson & Associates, BergerABAM, Olson Engineering, Keating,
Bob Henderson

Subcontractors: America’s Family Diner, Arrow Roofing & Sheet Metal, Barclay Dean Architectural Products, Bassett Construction Inc., Culver Glass Company, Dillon Works, Floor Factors Inc., Friedmutter Group, Goodfellow Bros. Inc., Harder Mechanical Contractors Inc., Interior Woodworking Specialists, Keystone Masonry Inc., KHS&S Contractors Inc., Kittelson & Associates Inc., Mill Plain Electric, National Construction Rentals Inc., On Electric Group Inc., Parametrix Inc., Performance Contracting Inc., Performance Systems Inc., Professional Roof Consultants, Rite-Hite Co. LLC, Safway Services LLC, Sak & Associates Inc., Schonert & Associates Inc., Securitas Security Services USA Inc., Smith & Greene Company, Snyder Roofing of Oregon LLC, Streimer Sheet Metal Works Inc., Thyssenkrupp Elevator, Ulster Carpet Mills (North America) Inc., Viking Automatic Sprinkler Co.

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