SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State and local leaders put on their hard hats Friday for the latest tour of the MGM Springfield construction site.
Tishman Construction‘s Vice President of Field Operations, Randy Pitts said, “We are on schedule. We’re meeting our milestones, and we’re charging on everyday.”
The tour was a walk through of the 14-acre, three block construction site. It included renderings of what the $950 million resort casino will look like, along with the food market, parking garage, and roadways. Construction crews have been working on laying the foundation for MGM Springfield’s resort casino for the past 14 weeks.
Crews just put down the foundation for the casino’s gaming floor which is about 125,000 square feet. The foundations will continue to be poured through next month. At the same time a large crane will be put up to help build. “Which opens up the site for steel. October 3rd, October 10th you’ll see steel arrive. So that’s the biggest milestone to us as we’re coming into winter,” MGM Springfield’s Vice President of Development, Brian Packer said.
MGM Springfield President, Michael Mathis addressed how the design of this casino will compare to others in Connecticut that have tall towers. “Really for us it’s about distinguishing the product. This is a more intimate downtown setting and as you’ll see the design as we start to provide it to the public when we can. It’s going to be a world class luxury experience, but at a pedestrian scale.” Mathis said it’s also about incorporating the history of Springfield, with the State Street building, the Armory, or First Spiritualist Church.
Mayor Domenic Sarno commended MGM Springfield saying, “Boy I’ll tell you what, wait until you see it come out, just wait until you see it come out.”
The casino is scheduled to open in September 2018. MGM Springfield is scheduled to meet with the Gaming Commission next week for their quarterly update.