EVERETT — First impression upon visiting the construction site of the Wynn Boston Harbor hotel and resort casino: This place is going to be massive.
It is hard to appreciate just how massive by driving by it, or by taking a glance from Interstate 93. The building’s footprint alone will be nearly 13 acres. The project — as Wynn officials like to boast — is the largest private single-phased development in state history, with a price tag of $2.4 billion. At peak construction, Wynn will be pouring more than $2 million a day into building it, the company said.
Wynn Resorts is full of fun facts about the magnitude of its resort. Like this one: Building the gambling palace will require 200,000 cubic yards of concrete, which is enough to lay a sidewalk the entire length of the Mass. Pike.
Those looking forward to the new hotel and casino can set a reminder in their electronic calendar. The resort is scheduled to open at 8 p.m. on June 24, 2019, Wynn officials said. That’s a Monday, by the way. (That gives you more than two years to think up an excuse for being late to work on Tuesday.)
Despite losing some time to bad weather this spring, the project is on schedule, said Peter Campot, director of construction. About 660 people are working to build the resort — about 750 including management, Campot said. Those numbers will grow.
On Monday, workers were pouring concrete for the top floor of the four-level underground parking garage, designed to hold some 3,000 cars. In other parts of the site, cranes lowered steel beams to workers who guided them into place. Another group worked on the permanent bulkhead on the riverbank. Dump trucks and earth-moving machines rumbled across the property.
Elevator shafts are rising from the foundation, and it’s possible to make out the curved shape of what will be a 29-story hotel tower of bronze glass. The tower will be 370 feet, 3 inches tall, according to Wynn Resorts.
Crews are now building complicated portions of the lower floors, but in four to six weeks, work on the tower should accelerate to add one new floor about every week, according to Wynn Resorts. By year’s end, the tower should reach its full height, with about half covered with glass.
On the north side of the building, which will hold back-of-the-house operations unseen by the public, sections of the external facade have already been installed. From the upper floors on the north side, it is possible to appreciate the enormity of what will be the gambling floor. It will hold a mix of table games and thousands of slot machines, a massive cultural change for Greater Boston.