Title: We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort
Location: Fort McDowell, AZ
Project Type: Tribal – Casino
Owner: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Services Provided: Architecture, Master Planning, and Interior Design
Service Areas: Garden Court, Casino Floor, Food & Beverage, Sports Bar, and Gift Shop
Description: Located 23 miles northeast of Phoenix, AZ this new casino covers 166,341 square feet, nearly doubling the size of the previous Fort McDowell Casino, and features a beautiful garden court, specialty high-end dining, a sports bar with an entertainment stage, a gift shop, several food and beverage options, a four story parking garage, a 760-seat bingo hall, and a casino floor capable of hosting 1,100 slot machines.
Architects and interior designers at TBE Architects worked closely with the Tribal Council to infuse each space with symbolism that is both contemporary and culturally significant to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. Upon arriving at the casino, one of the first things guests will observe is the entry icon positioned high above the porte cochere, representing the four peaks of the Matazal Mountains. As guests walk through the garden court atrium, looking up they will see massive geometric shapes representation of the cracked desert floor. And looking down at the terrazzo flooring, they will see representations of Montezuma’s Well and the many basket patterns for which the tribe is best known. These patterns are also repeated in other areas throughout the casino.