Sandia Resort & Casino

Pueblo of Sandia, New Mexico

Sandia Resort & Casino set out to replace weather-damaged wood structures at the entryway, and seized the opportunity to improve the existing main entry and amphitheater.

This high-image and high-quality facility have been substantially upgraded with new steel canopy structures, enclosed main entry vestibule, and expanded spectator amenities that improve the visitor experience.

The new south entrance with drop off/pick up porte-cochere creates a convenient new casino entry and served as the temporary main access during construction. The renovated main entry with flanking portals consists of a monumental enclosed main vestibule that provides more comfort and better weather protection. Concessions and restrooms that support the amphitheater are replaced with code-compliant, more accessible facilities that provide faster and better service. The durable steel and concrete structure with masonry piers maintains the existing pueblo design style.

Photography credit: Patrick Coulie Photography

The aggressive six month move-in schedule required a fast track approach; SMPC’s close collaboration with Jaynes Construction allowed construction to start prior to completion of construction documents. The team mitigated  design challenges by selecting appropriate systems to satisfy aesthetics, safety needs, and time delivery requirements.

– Dave Edwards, AIA, Project Manager

Project Info

Concourse amenities at the performance venue, including 4,000 sf of new food service and restrooms

Fast-track project schedule to minimize disruptions to venue operations

Enhanced sound and lighting control spaces

General Contractor: Jaynes Construction

Civil & Structural Engineering: Smith Engineering

MEP: EEA Engineering