Potawatomi Bingo Casino Hiring for Final Stages of Hotel Construction

MILWAUKEE – Recent media reports depict local contractors as “cautiously optimistic” regarding the area’s future when it comes to construction activity. They point to 2014 as a year in which a number of large projects in the Milwaukee area could get off the ground.

But in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, a significant project is already underway – Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s $150 million hotel, and soon hundreds of new trade workers will be needed to complete the last phase of its construction.

Greenfire Management Services and Gilbane Building Company will hold a pre-bid and information conference for contractors interested in providing interior finishes and hardscape work for Potawatomi Bingo Casino’s hotel project. The July 15 meeting is the fifth and final pre-bid meeting for the hotel project and will outline opportunities available to contractors, the bid process, expectations and timeline. 

“We passed the halfway point in construction earlier this summer, and we’re expecting to reach peak workforce capacity in late February by adding approximately 300 construction jobs,” said Kyle Merrill, Senior Project Manager at Gilbane Building Co.

Representatives of Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Greenfire Management Service, Gilbane Building Co., and firms seeking bids will be available for interviews at the meeting. 

WHAT:      Potawatomi Hotel Pre-Bid & Information Meeting

WHEN:      10 a.m. Monday, July 15                    

WHERE:     Woodland Dreams Ballroom at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 West Canal St., Milwaukee 53210. Free parking available in the Casino’s parking structure

The Forest County Potawatomi broke ground on the $1.5 million hotel project in June 2012. The eighteen story hotel will be more than 371,000 square feet with 381 guest rooms, expansive lobby, meeting space, fitness facility, lobby bar, casual dining restaurant and additional parking.

It is the Tribe’s goal that a quarter of the hotel’s construction workforce will be held by residents of the City of Milwaukee, and at least 20 percent of construction work will be awarded to minority-owned firms, honoring the Forest County Potawatomi’s tradition of placing a priority on diverse hiring practices.

In addition to construction employment, the hotel will add approximately 230 permanent jobs to the 2,600 already existing jobs at Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino is one of two casinos owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. It is located at 1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, Wis. The casino is a showcase for high stakes bingo, offering some of the nation's highest daily payouts.  A popular attraction for local guests, tourists and tour groups, the casino features blackjack, craps, poker, and roulette table games, video and reel slot machines, off-track betting, and a variety of live entertainment.  Potawatomi Bingo Casino is committed to raising awareness of the risks of problem gambling, maintaining a level of first-class customer service, while investing in its most valuable asset – its 2,600 multicultural employees.  Through the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation and Miracle on Canal Street, the casino supports numerous local charities and community organizations. Driving directions and more information about Potawatomi Bingo Casino can be obtained by calling toll-free, 1-800-PAYS-BIG or by visiting the website at www.paysbig.com.