The first Californians were the Miwok, and they once outnumbered all other groups in the state. Their land stretched from the Sierra Nevada to the Pacific Coast. Today, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians have created the Red Hawk Casino to “honor the past and celebrate the future.” Now, with the help of Tyler Bila, vice president of facility and security operations, they are showing off the first major expansion since Red Hawk opened in 2008.
The El Dorado County facility now boasts a brand-new hotel and amusement center, making a longstanding dream a reality for the community. Bila came to the organization when it first opened 15 years ago. He oversees a team of maintenance workers, in-house carpenters, painters, upholsterers, housekeeping professionals, and security officers that collectively handle development, renovations, and additions.
The original Red Hawk settlement is located just east of Sacramento, California. Visitors flock to the region not only for gaming but for wine tasting, hiking, rafting, shopping, and exploring all the Golden State has to offer. The original casino features nearly 90,000 square feet of gaming space, 2,500 slot machines, table games, five restaurants, retail space, a video game arcade, an indoor playground, and more.
The expansion includes a 150-room hotel, bowling alley, and an indoor electric go-kart track. “We are beyond excited to offer our casino guests and visitors to El Dorado County a new, first-class resort experience, along with thrilling entertainment and activities,” Red Hawk Casino president and CEO Bryan deLugo said in a statement with ABC News.
Williams & Paddon Architects & Planners designed the projects, which were completed by Level 10 Construction and Avanti Builders Inc. A new hotel of almost 120,000 square feet anchors the expansion. It rises five stories, with 25 suites and a total of 150 rooms. Amenities include a fitness center, outdoor terrace, and swimming pool.
Visitors enjoy panoramic views of the foothills, while both modern and tribal touches tie the space to Red Hawk, the Miwok, and the Sierra Nevada—a place they have called home for so long.
In the summer of 2022, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Tribal membership and the Red Hawk Casino management team joined project crews to top off the hotel’s construction by adding their signatures to the last piece of steel before setting it in place on the top floor.
At the Apex, an 85,000-square foot amusement center located at the casino level, guests of all ages can find the only multi-level, indoor, electric go-kart track in the state. The adjacent bowling alley features 18 lanes, four private lanes, and catering. Other highlights of the interactive space include virtual reality gaming rooms, golf simulation bays, and an extensive sports bar.
As one of the region’s largest employers since its opening in 2008, Red Hawk has maintained a commitment to giving back to the local community. It has previously partnered with organizations like Relay for Life, Wounded Warriors Family Support, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, El Dorado County Special Olympics, and El Dorado County Sheriff Search & Rescue.
In 2021, the Caldor Fire burned over 220,000 acres of the nearby Eldorado National Forest during wildfire season. During this time, Red Hawk supported its employees, tribal members, and others by providing meals and hotel accommodations. The tribe also furnished supplies, portable restrooms, and mobile shower units for evacuation centers.
Leaders at Red Hawk say they designed the casino “in harmony with tradition, nature, and [their] surroundings.” The Miwok were known for building homes of interlocking poles and using various materials from their valley. That history is reflected in the new expansion, which pays homage to the past and opens new opportunities for the future.
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