The Monarch Casino and Resort is in the midst of an expansion it says will be a “game changer” for the town of Black Hawk. But Monarch is now facing a law-suit from the construction company on the project, and each side blames the other for delays and cost overruns.
PCL Construction, which is leading Monarch’s expansion and renovation project, is suing the casino in Denver district court for breach of contract, among other claims. PCL alleges Monarch has been improperly withholding payment for work on the construction project through a “piecemeal” approval system the casino has imposed on PCL and its subcontractors.
The Monarch expansion, which began November 2016, will roughly double the size of the hotel and casino, adding a 23-story, 500-room tower where a parking garage once stood. Neither Monarch nor PCL has disclosed estimates for the total cost of the project, but PCL claims in its complaint it has billed Monarch for over $205 million in construction costs so far.
Monarch estimates the expansion will wrap up first quarter next year, with renovation on the existing structure finishing in the second quarter. PCL and Monarch originally slated the project to be completed second quarter this year.