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Commercial | TAYLOR WOODSTONE -- OHIYA CASINO AND RESORT A Good Bet TAYLOR WOODSTONE BUILT THE OHIYA CASINO AND RESORT IN RECORD TIME. BY MARTA JIMÉNEZ-LUTTER T he Ohiya Casino and Resort in Niobrara, Neb., is ready for players. The casino, owned and operated by the Santee Sioux Nation, was built in record time, breaking ground in June 2012 and being turned over to the owner before Christmas. The casino was opened to the public in January. The 60,000-square-foot facility was built by Taylor Woodstone, a construction company headquartered in Bloomington, Minn., with extensive experience in the Native American gaming and hospitality industry. Taylor Woodstone’s portfolio includes a 76,000square-foot project in Red Lake, Minn.; a 50room hotel and casino with 300 machines in Red Cliff, Wis.; and the North Star casino in Bowler, Wis., a 600,000-square-foot facility with 60,000 square feet of gaming, 1,500 machines and a 97-room hotel. Overcoming Challenges Doug Niesen, Taylor Woodstone vice president, admits that his company faced some minor challenges meeting in the tight deadline established by the Santee Sioux Nation. “The schedule was tight – they wanted to be opened by December, in time for the holidays,” he explains. “We were able to hit the mark on December 20th. This was possible due to our company’s experience, the great cooperation of our subcontractors, the great relationship with the Santee Sioux Nation and the casino’s general manager, Thelma Thomas.” Niesen credits Thomas with handling a difficult situation with professionalism and making it better for all parties involved. The Ohiya casino, nestled in a secluded, scenic location 100 miles west of Sioux City, Iowa, sits on the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway. The town of Niobrara is located at the confluence of the Missouri and Niobrara rivers and is one of the oldest towns in the state. Because of this new development, the tribe is now the largest employer in the county. Nebraska’s natural beauty is accompanied by windy conditions, which posed another hurdle for Taylor Woodstone. “That area of 140 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 » The Ohiya Casino and Resort features 60,000 square feet of gaming space. Nebraska is very windy; we sustained 30-milean-hour wind on a regular basis,” Niesen recalls. “We had to be very careful with the loads when they were in the air.” The remote location also required Taylor Woodstone to extend the water line to the site, provide storage and pumping stations for the water and provide sewage treatment at the location of the casino. Taylor Woodstone Ohiya Casino and Resort • Location: Niobrara, Neb. • Employees: 100 “The significan of is that it will ce ing this ,casino healthcare benebr s anjobscash d flow into the cofit munity,” m -Doug Niesen, vice president http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
Last Look

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