Kewadin Casinos, owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, has started a major expansion project at its primary location in Sault Ste. Marie. The initial phase of the project involves exterior refurbishment, with the entire facility being renovated. This includes the installation of new windows and materials to give the building a contemporary, white, smooth look.
The next phase of the expansion will focus on the interior of the building, with plans to refurbish the entire hotel tower, which currently has 268 rooms. The goal is to add more rooms and upgrade individual ones. To ensure that guests are not inconvenienced, the renovation process will be carried out in phases, with the casino remaining open throughout. The exterior refurbishment is expected to be completed by the end of winter, while the interior refurbishment is projected to be finished by the winter of 2025, just in time for the casino’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Dana Schlehuber, the General Manager of Kewadin Sault Ste. Marie, expressed excitement about the modernization of the hotel, stating that they are looking forward to welcoming guests to experience the changes.
The expansion project has employed Integrated Designs Inc. for engineering and architecture services and Gundlach Champion for construction management. Once the project at the primary location is completed, Kewadin officials have expressed their desire to continue renovations at other locations, although no specific projects have been announced yet.
The expansion is supported by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe as the casino is a significant economic driver in the tribal community and regularly hosts tribal ceremonies and events. This extension project represents a significant investment for Kewadin Casinos, signaling their commitment to enhancing the guest experience and ensuring the continued success of their operations.