SOUTH BEND, IN – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds Casinos Executive Team held a ceremony to sign the final steel beam that will be placed at the top of the new 23-story hotel tower at Four Winds South Bend. The expansion of Four Winds South Bend, which is currently underway, will include 317 hotel rooms featuring 83 suites. There will also be a spa, convention area, meeting space, ballroom, lounge, bar and grill, outdoor roof-top swimming pool, and terraces with spectacular views. The expansion of Four Winds South Bend created 270 construction jobs and will create an additional 350 to 400 new jobs at the casino resort once construction is complete in the first quarter of 2023.
“We are very proud to come together to celebrate this important milestone by signing the final steel beam for the expansion of Four Winds South Bend,” said Rebecca Richards, Tribal Chairwoman and CEO of Pokagon Gaming Authority. “Not only does the expansion of Four Winds South Bend demonstrate our commitment to our Pokagon Citizens, but it also demonstrates our continued commitment to the city of South Bend, our employees and all of the local businesses and vendors an operation of this scale supports.”
“The expansion of Four Winds South Bend is one of our most ambitious projects to date,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. “Upon completion, the 23-story hotel tower will offer spectacular views from several different vantage points including guest rooms, terraces and our outdoor roof-top swimming pool. The expanded resort will offer amenities and an entertainment experience this is not currently available in South Bend and northwest Indiana.”
Four Winds South Bend’s 23-story hotel tower has a foundation that rests on close to 400 grout piles, drilled and placed at a depth of 85-feet below the ground. Over 72 million pounds of concrete has been placed with nearly three million pounds of rebar. Nine different cranes will be utilized during construction. As the exterior of the hotel tower nears completion, it will be enclosed by 1,626 unitized panels, comprising nearly two acres of glass.
Four Winds South Bend currently has 140,000 sq. ft. of gaming space and includes more than 1,400 slot machines, 16 table games, four restaurants, a coffee shop, three bars, and approximately 4,500 parking spaces including an enclosed parking structure.