Chumash Casino Hotel & Resort


Project Overview

Summit Project Management has provided Owner's Representation and Program Management Services for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians since 2000. Completed projects include the 300,000 sq. ft. Chumash Casino Resort, 106 room hotel, 550 space and 1100 space parking structures, waste water treatment plant, underground utilities, flood control improvements, tribal facilities including a new administration building, health center, community center, cultural center & museum, and riparian restoration and rebuilding of the entire reservation road system.

Client: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Area: 425,000 sq. ft.
Total Cost: $180 Million
Start Date: November 2000
Completion Date: July 2004


Services included master planning, design management, regulatory agency approvals, budget development/updating, schedule development/tracking, construction management and procurement of design and general contracting professionals as well as furniture, fixture and equipment.


Unique challenges including relocating an operating health center from the new casino footprint to a remote reservation site by constructing the new facility in six months, building the new casino in a 3 acre flood plain between two riparian streams while adding flood control improvements simultaneously, and constructing the new 300,000 SF casino 20’ away from the operating building while ensuring public safety and increasing gaming revenues. Once the new building opened demolition of the existing casino began immediately to allow construction of the four diamond hotel. Both projects (comprising more than 425,000 SF) were completed within 24 months.