Owned by the Pala Band of Mission Indians, the Pala Casino is California's first casino to offer all the elements of a real Las Vegas-style facility. Located in northern San Diego County overlooking Pala Lake and surrounding mountains, the project features a 185,000 square foot gaming facility and a 532,000 square foot parking garage.
Lochsa Engineering provided structural design for both the casino and parking garage. The casino structure was designed with structural steel framing supported on driven steel H-pile foundations, interconnected with concrete pile caps and grade beams. Lateral seismic and wind forces are resisted with concentric steel braced frames. Rolled structural steel wide flange beams were used to create the decorative truss elements featured at the main entry and porte cochere.
The Civil Engineering scope included water consumption and waste water contribution calculations as well as a detailed technical drainage analysis that defined the San Luiz River flood stage. This drainage study was also used in the Environmental Impact Report required for project approval. On-site circulation of patrons, service vehicles (deliveries, etc.) and emergency vehicles, water and sewer designs along with site grading and storm drain design services were also provided.