Morongo Contracts Native-Owned Construction Firms for Resort Expansion That Will Power Regional Economy

The Morongo Band is employing two Native American-owned construction firms to complete its substantial expansion and renovation project at the AAA Four-Diamond Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. The Tribe selected Sage Mountain Construction and Hal Hayes Construction, ranked as the 7th Top Native American-Owned Business in the U.S. by DiversityBusiness.com. Other construction partners include Yates Moorefield LLC.

“We’ve put together a top-notch construction team that brings together the best in the business,” said Morongo Tribal Chairman Robert Martin in a statement.

Plans call for a transformational facelift. The tribe hired a team renowned for creating palaces for royalty in Qatar and luxury resorts in Belize, Las Vegas and across the globe, to design Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa’s next phase.  

“At Morongo, our goal is always to exceed the expectations of our guests by offering an unmatched gaming and luxury resort experience,” said John James, Chief Operating Officer of the Morongo Casino. “With this exciting renovation and expansion, we are upping the ante to ensure that we stay true to that principle.”

The expansion will add 425 new full-time jobs to the more than 2,500 jobs that Morongo already provides. The project will also create more than 1,000 temporary construction jobs.

Morongo is a vital player in powering the regional Cabazon economy, as the expansion will “bring hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in new economic activity,” said Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley. “This project is the latest example of how Morongo continues to help move our region forward.”

Slated for completion in 2020, the expansion and renovation project will include:

  • An elegantly designed 65,000-square-foot expansion which will increase Morongo’s existing gaming floor by more than 30 percent, allowing for the addition of 800 new slots, new table games and new bar, lounge, and other guest amenities.
  • Renovation of the casino’s gaming floor and amenities, and renovation and replacement of first-floor restaurants to elevate the dining offerings.
  • Development of a free valet parking structure with 750 spaces, including premier parking and charging stations for more than 70 electric vehicles.

Morongo officials and dignitaries put ceremonial shovels into earth last week for the renovation and expansion project. Chairman Martin said of the January 7 groundbreaking: “Morongo has come a long way from the tiny bingo hall we operated on the reservation back in the 1980s. Today, we pen a new chapter in our story as we continue to nurture new opportunities for our people, our community and our region.”

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