Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Resorts World New York Awards Three Massive Construction Bids to Local Queens Subcontractors

Ozone Park subcontractors receive more than $50 million in new construction bids to build casino at Resorts World New York

Keeping with its stated commitment to “hire locally,” Tutor Perini, the general contractor for Resorts World New York, announced today that it has awarded three additional construction bids¾exceeding $51 million in total¾to local Ozone Park subcontractors for the construction of the new casino at Aqueduct Racetrack

To date, Tutor Perini has awarded nearly $135 million to greater-New York City subcontractors.

Queens needs revenue, and for this reason, we are fully committed to awarding construction bids to as many local businesses as possible,” said Michael Speller, President of Resorts World New York. “This casino will fill two crucial needs. Not only will Resorts World New York create a tremendous facility that will generate considerable revenue for Ozone Park, New York City and New York State, but the casino will also help revitalize and ultimately stabilize Queens’ businesses and economy. Resorts World is thrilled with the work our subcontractors have done thus far, and certain that once Resorts World New York is completed, it will be a facility that all of Queens will be very proud of.”

The South Ozone Park subcontractors that received the new construction bid packages are Five Star Electric, which was awarded $19.2 million to provide electric work for the project and WDF Inc., which was awarded $6.8 million in one bid for plumbing, and $25.1 million in another to provide HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) work.

We are just so excited that Resorts World New York is following through on its promises to Ozone Park businesses,” said Larry Roman, Chairman and CEO of WDF Inc. 
“At a time when Queens so desperately needs revenue, it is a blessing to have such a great project for so many of our local businesses to work on. Ozone Park is home to some of the finest construction businesses in the world, and for that reason, I have no doubt that Resorts World New York is going to be a first-class facility that will benefit the entire region.”

This announcement comes just days after Tutor Perini announced that more than one in three subcontractors and suppliers hired to construct the new Resorts World New York racetrack casino is a New York State certified Minority or Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE).

Once fully operational, Resorts World New York is expected to permanently employ more than 900 workers in the entertainment, hospitality, security and food-service fields, provide $300 million in annual revenue for the state and give New York City its first ever casino.

By creating an expansive outreach network that fosters community participation, Resorts World New York has developed a strategic approach toward recruiting the most talented workforce in the Queens and New York City areas. In partnering with community-based organizations, placing advertisements in local publications and hosting on-site job fairs, Resorts World New York will continue to build a dynamic workforce ready to meet the needs of its customers and the community.

Information on further bid packages and permanent employment will be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more, please visit www.rwnewyork.com.

Founded in 1965, Genting is a global entertainment and tourism company operating in Asia, Europe, North America and on all four oceans through the Norwegian Cruise Line and Star Cruises brands. The Genting Group has more than 58,000 employees.

Tutor Perini Corporation is a leading civil and building construction company offering diversified general contracting and design/build services to private clients and public agencies throughout the world. Tutor Perini has provided construction services since 1894 and has established a strong reputation within various markets by executing large complex projects on time and within budget while adhering to strict quality control measures.