Pechanga celebrates grand opening of intelligent parking garage

Pechanga President Edith Atwood addresses crowd March 31 at the grand opening of East Parking Garage. The 2,400-space intelligent garage marks the completion of Phase 1 of the $285 million expansion project. Courtesy photo
Pechanga President Edith Atwood addresses crowd March 31 at the grand opening of East Parking Garage. The 2,400-space intelligent garage marks the completion of Phase 1 of the $285 million expansion project. Courtesy photo

Pechanga Resort & Casino held a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting to mark the completion of its new East Parking Garage adjacent to the casino and resort property. The five-level, 2,400-space garage is the first phase of Pechanga’s $285 million resort expansion to be completed.

The Pechanga Development Corporation President, Edith Atwood, also announced they will be installing solar panels on the garage roof top this summer. The system will generate about 650 kilowatts, which is enough renewable energy to power approximately 100 homes.

Other Pechanga elected officials including members of the Pechanga Development Corporation and tribal council attended the event, along with members of the media and resort and casino leadership. Teams from McCarthy Building Companies and International Parking Design were also in attendance.

“Completion of this garage marks an important milestone in the Pechanga resort expansion,” Atwood said. “This facility replaces and adds to the parking that was displaced with the resort expansion. This new facility is geared with the latest state-of-the art technology from way-finders to electric charging stations.”

Pechanga elected officials cut the ribbon in front of their new East Parking Garage, featuring 2,400 parking spaces and 44 electric vehicle charging stations. Pictured from left are Raymond Basquez, Jr., Michael Vasquez, Patrick Murphy, Edith Atwood, Butch Murphy, Marc Luker, Christina McMenamin and Andrew Masiel, Sr. Courtesy photo
Pechanga elected officials cut the ribbon in front of their new East Parking Garage, featuring 2,400 parking spaces and 44 electric vehicle charging stations. Pictured from left are Raymond Basquez, Jr., Michael Vasquez, Patrick Murphy, Edith Atwood, Butch Murphy, Marc Luker, Christina McMenamin and Andrew Masiel, Sr. Courtesy photo

As one of the most technologically advanced and ecologically minded casinos and resorts in the country, Pechanga Resort & Casino adopts the latest available, way-finding systems and electric vehicle charging stations inside of the new parking garage. Electronic sensors on each floor communicate available spaces to lights above each stall and to strategically placed, space-counter boards. These additions reduce the time guests spend circling for available spots and cut down on CO2 emissions. Forty-four electric vehicle charging stations can be found on the first floor with three of them available exclusively for Tesla vehicles. Pechanga Resort & Casino parking areas now feature 57 electric vehicle charging stations. Pechanga offers 11,209 parking spaces for its resort and casino.

“This is an exciting time for the tribe and the community,” Butch Murphy, Pechanga tribal councilmember said. “The garage is a necessary asset to accommodate the expansion that will benefit our tribe, our business and the community.”

Pechanga and its project builder, McCarthy Building Companies, broke ground on the new garage in December 2015. The project put 400 regional construction tradesmen and women to work. The materials used in building were also sourced from Southern California. Builders poured 104,000,000 pounds of concrete into the Pechanga East Parking Garage. More than 3,200,000 pounds of reinforcing steel went into the structure, along with 173,000 lineal feet of conduit and cable wiring. It took crews 4,930 gallons of paint to beautify the exterior. The perimeter is also lined with dozens of pepper and sycamore trees and other lush foliage.

“For a city that continues to grow and prosper, we are honored to have worked with Pechanga to enhance this community landmark,” Robert Betz, executive vice president at McCarthy Building Companies, said. “Our team is proud of the collaborative efforts that went into the design and construction of the parking structure, ultimately creating a solid infrastructure with advanced technology that can improve the flow of operation and needs of Pechanga’s visitors.”

Pechanga’s new parking garage features natural-looking rock walls that tie in the decor and look of other areas of the resort, lush landscaping around its perimeter and European-style planter boxes hang from each of the five levels to face Pechanga Parkway.

“The design challenge included efficiently circulating many vehicles in and out of the facility as well as providing for safe pedestrian paths to the resort,” Don Marks, president of IPD, said. “It was a pleasure working with the Pechanga Development Corporation on the design and delivery of this important project. PDC staff provided guidance and feedback that contributed to the delivery of a successful project.”

By November 2017, McCarthy will also add a highly anticipated feature to the garage – a moving sidewalk that will shuttle guests from the casino-facing elevator bank to Pechanga’s main casino entrance.

“This grand opening of the new parking garage is just a prelude to our bigger celebration when we open the new tower,” Atwood said. “We are gearing up to hire 750 more employees. A lot of credit goes to the support, professionalism and leadership of our people.”

For more information about the Pechanga East Parking Garage project and the ongoing $285 million resort expansion, visit www.Pechanga.com/NewHotel.

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