Suffolk Chosen as General Contractor for Wynn Everett Casino

You might say John Fish scored a big Wynn.

Planned Wynn casino in Everett photo via Wynn

Planned Wynn casino in Everett photo via Wynn

Wynn Resorts has picked Suffolk Construction as the general contractor for its $1.7 billion casino in Everett. The three-million square foot project will rise on the site of a former Monsanto chemical plant on the Mystic River near Sullivan Square.

Wynn is dubbing the project the “largest private single-phase construction project in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

“Building a five-star resort that meets the Wynn quality standards requires an attention to detail that is unwavering. Suffolk Construction shares our values and is working with us full speed to meet our groundbreaking target,” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Everett in an emailed statement.

The new curved glass casino will rise 24 stories, creating a striking image on the Greater Boston skyline for commuters on nearby Interstate 93.

Early pre-construction and remediation work began on the site in September. The 600-room resort casino is expected to open its doors sometime in 2018. The new gambling palace will include 3,242 slot machines and 168 table games on the gaming floor, 77,250 square feet of retail space, 64,593 square feet of dining options, 32,942 square feet of function rooms and convention space, and a 30,392-square-foot nightclub.

The project is a major win for Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish, who went through a rocky 2015 after leading the failed effort to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston. Suffolk Construction has handled many large projects all over Boston, such as the new Logan Airport rental car facility and Millennium Tower, but the Wynn Everett casino is the largest contract in the company’s history.

“This is a landmark project that will require a multitude of craftspeople, laborers and vendors all performing at the highest level of execution. Suffolk Construction is working with the union trades to open these opportunities to veterans, minorities, women and all tradespeople across Wynn’s host and surrounding communities,” said Fish in an emailed statement.

Suffolk has prior experience with casinos, including the construction of the Dania Casino and Jai Alai in Dania Beach, Florida and the renovation of the Freemont Casino in Las Vegas.

“In choosing Suffolk Construction, Wynn has demonstrated its commitment to work with local firms and Suffolk shares that same commitment,” said Fish.

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria praised the selection of Suffolk Construction as the General Contractor for the project.

“Wynn should be commended for hiring a local firm, agreeing to provide local hiring preferences for qualified residents, including union labor from local chapters and is committed to the use of local qualified price competitive local vendors. Soon, we will see 33- acres of polluted, underutilized vacant land transformed by local workers into a 1.7 billion dollar resort along the Mystic River complete with a public park, bike path and boardwalk,” said DeMaria.

Wynn Resorts won the lone eastern Massachusetts casino license in the fall of 2014.