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AUBURN, Wash. — Crews working on the Muckleshoot Casino’s new 18-story resort expansion placed the final steel beam on the structure on Aug. 26, marking a major milestone for the construction project. 

The casino, a venture of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, expects to wrap up the destination resort transformation project by fall of 2023. General contractor Swinerton, based in Concord, Calif., has a crew of about 500 people working on the project, which is billed as the tallest structure between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma. 

On a clear day, guests can expect to have views of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountain range and the Seattle skyline.

“Under the stewardship of the Muckleshoot Tribe, we’re creating a resort destination where memories will be made,” Muckleshoot Casino CEO John James said in a statement. “Our commanding hotel tower, already drawing regional attention with its proud silhouette against the skyline, will be a beacon for the exceptional. 

“From the excitement of more ways to play to the warmth of elevated guest service, we will be the preferred central gathering point to dine, play and stay.”

The new glass tower will feature 400 guest rooms, expanded gaming space, an indoor pool and spa, and a rooftop steakhouse. Previously, the tribe added a 20,000-square-foot events center and three fast-casual dining options, as well as the Caesars Sportsbook. The casino currently includes 1567,000 square feet of gaming space. 

“Piece by piece, we are building towards an exciting new standard for regional tourism,” Muckleshoot COO Tyrone Simmons said in a statement. “The addition of a dynamic resort experience to Muckleshoot Casino exemplifies the Muckleshoot Tribe’s commitment and dedication to developing unmatched destinations.”

Muckleshoot Casino 2The final beam for Muckleshoot Casino’s resort is placed on the 18-story tower on Aug. 26. (Courtesy photo)