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Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Announces Plans for an All-New Point Casino Facility

Project, which includes new amenity additions and sustainable construction, slated to begin late Summer 2011

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The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe has announced plans to construct a brand new facility to replace the existing Point Casino. An official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Monday, August 15, 2011 at 10 a.m. at The Point Casino, which is located at 7989 Northeast Salish Lane in Kingston.

Construction on the expansion will begin late summer 2011 with project completion expected during the first quarter of 2012.

"The Point Casino is a vital business and this is an important step in nurturing its growth," said Jeromy Sullivan, Chairman, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. The Point Casino expects to add 60-80 jobs after the new facility is complete.

Point Casino plans include an all-new expanded facility, which would accommodate an events center, upscale casual dining, deli, larger buffet area and additional gaming. Also included will be an expanded parking area, and a sports/cigar bar featuring a cabaret.

"We’ve tried to be very thoughtful with plans for this expansion," said Leo Culloo, General Manager of The Point Casino. "Not only do we want to be good neighbors and attract new guests, it was important to us to listen to our current guests about what they wanted. We’re known for our guest service and with these plans, we’ll be able to offer another layer of valuable amenities."

During the planning phases of this project, the Tribe worked closely with experts to ensure that there are no significant environmental impacts to the Port Gamble Bay watershed or surrounding areas. For example, the new expansion will be what is known as a "Sprung" structure, a type of building that offers minimal construction waste and is highly energy efficient. A portion of the existing building will be repurposed as office and storage space.

In addition, the project will include other low impact development techniques, such as vegetation buffers and bio-filtration of storm water runoff. Additional mitigation measures—such as tree plantings in riparian areas—will be implemented to minimize any environmental effects during construction.

"Whether it’s the revitalization of Port Gamble Bay or growth of business interests, we strive to make sure we’re doing what we can to protect our natural resources," said Sullivan. "For The Point Casino expansion, we’re looking at ways to incorporate as many sustainable building features as possible. These are not only less impactful on the environment, but, in the long run, will save money."

The Tribe has acquired a portion of the funding for the project through East West Bank. The remaining funds needed -- approximately $5 million -- has already been set aside by the Tribe.

The Point Casino is located on the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe reservation in Kingston, Washington. Opened in 2002, The Point Casino features table games, a restaurant, deli, and the most diverse mix of slot machines of any Washington casino. The Point prides itself on providing its guests with a "family" feeling through comfortable surroundings and top-notch guest service.

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