Turner Construction Co. has begun work on a new $100-million contract to renovate and expand Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel Casino in Cherokee, N.C.

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The project will add 110,000 sq ft of gaming floor area to the casino, while renovating the existing 130,000 sq-ft gaming floor. The scope of work will also provide bars, restaurants and entertainment stages to the casino and hotel. A 70-foot interior waterfall and rotunda area also will be added.

Completion is scheduled for January 2013.

The project is part of a renovation and expansion program undertaken by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to double the size of the existing casino, hotel and parking facilities. The owner is also adding a spa and entertainment and dining amenities.

Turner is also working on the $120-million contract to for the 500,000-sq-ft Cherokee Hotel Tower III at the resort, which is scheduled for completion in December.

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