Rohnert Park casino reaches key milestone

ROHNERT PARK -- The massive $800 million Graton Resort and Casino today reached a key phase in construction, as hundreds of workers and officials involved in the project celebrated a "topping out" ceremony.

[caption id="attachment_67318" align="alignright" width="400"] A worker positions the beam used in the "topping off" ceremony on Tuesday.[/caption]

A crane hoisted a 75-foot-long, six-ton steel beam into position near the future entrance to the structure as part of the ceremony, signifying completion and commencement to the next phase of construction.

The event was attended by backers of the project, including labor union leaders and Las Vegas-based Station Casinos. The latter will manage the property for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which received approval to build the casino and hotel last May and began major construction in August.  The project broke ground last June.

Members of the tribe didn't attend the ceremony.

"This is an enormous undertaking that will be one of the signature projects of Sonoma County," said Jeff Janakus, who is overseeing construction of the casino as vice president of design and construction for Station Casinos.

The project calls for a 3,000-slot casino and 200-room hotel and will include a number of other amenities, including a resort and five-story parking structure.

[caption id="attachment_67315" align="alignleft" width="448"] Joe Hasson, vice president and general manager of the Graton Resort and Casino, addresses workers and officials assembled for the "topping off" ceremony at the project site in western Rohnert Park on Tuesday.[/caption]

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