The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino is undergoing a three-phase, multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion.
The project includes remodeled guest rooms, restaurant and lounge, an expanded casino and event center, and a new lobby and swimming pool. DSGW Architects of Duluth designed the project and Kraus-Anderson of Duluth is managing the construction, according to a casino news release Friday.
The casino is located near the Canadian border, about 140 miles northeast of Duluth.
The renovations are expected to be completed by the spring of 2017 and were planned in three phases to allow the casino and lodge to remain in operation during construction, according to the news release. The announcement describes DSGW's design as creating "a fun, open atmosphere."
"Dramatic ceiling treatments, colorful decorative floral bead patterns and beautifully designed custom carpet pay tribute to the Grand Portage culture with a contemporary flair," the news release said. Messages left with casino officials on Friday seeking further comment were not returned.
Phase One of the project is nearing completion and includes 90 newly renovated rooms and five suites with new furniture, carpet, draperies, light fixtures and flat-screen TVs, according to the news release.
The second phase will include remodeling the building's grand entrance, where a three-story atrium lobby will lead to a remodeled restaurant and lounge and new pool, fitness area and outdoor patio. Phase Two will double the size of the casino to hold 600 slot machines and four table games.
The final phase is expected to include enlarging the banquet and meeting center to allow Grand Portage Lodge and Casino to host special events that seat up to 320 people, according to the announcement. The parking lot also will be expanded.
"It's time. More than 20 years have passed since the original casino was built and we can't tell you how excited we are to have a newly renovated facility," casino enterprise administrator Brian Mayotte said in a statement. "The improvements we make to the air quality, and the opportunity to offer bigger and better centrally-located amenities will definitely impress. The renovation will not only make an impact to our curb appeal, but ultimately provide our guests with a top-notch experience."