Golden Nugget Casino executives announced this week that construction has begun for the new $85 million, 300-room hotel tower to be located on an acre of land on the south side of the casino's pool area.

KPLC reports that the groundbreaking for the tower will take place later this month and the facility, opening by the end of 2016, will bring Golden Nugget's total room count to 1,040. Golden Nugget Lake Charles' senior vice president/general manager, Gerry Del Prete, was quoted saying the expansion will " adjacent to our current tower. They're connected with the main lobby so right behind our pool here. It's really supply and demand so there's more demand than we have supply so we're going to start construction here this month and hopefully complete it by the end of the year."

For more information take a look at the press releases on the Goldent Nugget Lake Charles website.