The Gila River Indian Community announced that it will break ground on expansion projects, valued at $160 million, at its Lone Butte and Vee Quiva casinos in metro Phoenix in 2012.

The projects include adding a 130-room hotel and conference center to the tribe’s Lone Butte Casino in Chandler and replacing its aging 95,000-square-foot Vee Quiva Casino in Laveen with a new 175,000-square-foot gambling hall and 90-room hotel.

The projects are expected to take about 18 months to complete and generate 700 jobs during construction.