The Tejon Indian Tribe of Central California have announced the firms that will design and build its $600 million Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tejon on 300 acres near downtown Bakersfield. The project is expected to take about 18 months to complete.
The tribe has chosen the Penta Building Group as general contractor, Klai Juba Wald as architect and Friedmutter Group Architecture & Interior Design Studios as design architect and interior designer.
According to a press release from the tribe: “Having built gaming and hospitality projects worth over $8 billion, Penta has a proven track record of success in building high-quality resorts.”
The resort will include a 166,500 square foot gaming floor, 11-story hotel with 400 rooms, convention space, event center, dining and RV park.
The release also commented on Wald and Friedmutter, “The architectural and design team has designed some of the most beautiful and iconic projects in the hospitality industry and we look forward to working with them to fulfill our Tribe’s vision of a complete entertainment facility.”
Six months ago the Bureau of Indian Affairs approved of the hotel-casino project. The federal government recognized the tribe in 2012. The remaining approval needed is by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Hard Rock International is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.