Harrahs Cherokee Casino
Tucked away within the scenic Smokies is the luxurious Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. The 56-acre property sits at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 50 miles west of Asheville. The drive leading to the resort is as scenic as the resort views, with layers of mountains serving as the backdrop of the horizon.
“About 17% of the contract value was awarded to subcontractors and vendors certified by the Tribal Employment Rights Office, providing additional work for members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. That didn’t go unnoticed. Scott Robertson, area director of design and construction for Harrah’s Entertainment.
“They have performed with excellence in both preconstruction and construction,” Robertson says. “We challenged them to meet an aggressive and expedited schedule. Their achievement enabled Harrah’s Cherokee to market the Creek Tower for our busiest weekend of the year.” He praised the company’s use of cutting edge technology. It “ensured our expectations were met and our revenue maximized,” Robertson says.
Ultimately, it set a standard for the hotel complex. “This is the first time of the Harrah’s Cherokee history that any major project was delivered on time,” says Ray Rose, project manager for Harrah’s/Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.