Tribal Leaders and VIP’s Sign the Last Beam
Agua Caliente Resort Hotel on schedule for early 2008 opening
Tribal leaders, construction workers, VIPs and staff gathered in Rancho Mirage at the construction site for the new $215 million, Agua Caliente Resort Hotel. The gathering was to celebrate the half-way point of completion for the grand luxury 16 story hotel scheduled for occupancy in early 2008.
Those present had the opportunity to autograph the last beam to be put in place or inscribe personal messages on it. Many workers simply waited and stood in awe as the massive steel beam was slowly raised to a position of prominence at the very top of the new hotel. The beam, painted white with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians logo emblazoned across the center was no doubt seen in the minds of those present as another great accomplishment by the Agua Caliente Tribe.
Construction workers from the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas gleamed with pride as they were thanked profusely by tribal members and construction superintendents participating at the event. After erecting 13 million tons of steel and pouring 130 million tons of concrete, the construction project is expected to last another seven months.
Maynard Zillmer, Construction Superintendent with Roel Construction Co., was particularly proud of the fact the crew of on average 400 workers had thus far been able to stay pretty much on schedule despite 54 days of heavy wind delays.
Tribal Chairman Richard Milanovich was seen sharing conversations and mingling with all the workers. He stated, “This is a milestone for the tribe.” Those present would agree this is another milestone not only for the tribe but also for the community. The millions of dollars in economic opportunities being generated through employment significantly contribute to the well being of thousands of families in the Coachella Valley. In a few months, hundreds of employees will be added to the tribe’s payroll as the hotel gets ready to open their doors. Marketing staff are already taking reservations for major events scheduled for 2008. Photos: Tribal Chairman Richard Milanovich inscribes
“A Dream Realized” and gives the thumbs up in front of the hotels artistic rendering. All photos by Juan Vasquez-more photos on page 11.