Four Winds New Buffalo

THE PROJECT

Gephart was hired to provide Electrical Design/Assist and Low Voltage Design/Build services for the construction of the Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, MI. After legal battles delayed the project for several years, the design process started in January 2006. Because of the delays, the design process was fast-tracked, providing just a few months of design before the electrical and communications site work began in June 2006, with low voltage cabling installation beginning in September 2006.

OUR PLANNING

We worked closely with the developer, Lakes Entertainment, and were able to streamline the fast-paced project by anticipating their needs and potential challenges, and making suggestions for revisions, which prevented delays and added expenses.

Our planning served us, and the owner, well as we were able to determine the electrical needs, coordinate with engineers and other involved contractors, and provide a complete system design. This foresight and planning helped make the fast timeline achievable.

OUR WORK

For power and emergency power systems, we installed two 15 KV unit substations, four 1,500 KW emergency generator sets, and two 150 KW UPS’s, including a full UPS system for the gaming floor. In addition, we laid more than a million feet of data cable and more than 200,000 feet of fiber strands. The project was not without some last-minute unforeseen challenges, though. As we neared completion, the owner noticed that cell phone signals were negatively affected by the facility’s steel structure. We quickly remedied this problem by coordinating with Cellular Solutions to develop a plan for the installation of a distributed cellular repeater system. The owner agreed to the plan and requested the system be installed prior to the casino’s opening.

SUCCESS

Through swift yet thorough planning as well as flexibility and quick-thinking during the construction phase, we were able to complete construction and open the casino in only 14 months.

SERVICES PERFORMED:

  • Low Voltage Data, CATV, POS & Telephone Systems
  • Cabling: A/V, Data, Gaming, POS, Security, TV, Voice
  • Computer/Telephone Raceway Systems
  • Electrical Distribution System
  • Emergency Systems, Power, & Generator
  • Fire Alarm
  • High Voltage & High Voltage Distribution
  • Lighting & Dimming Systems
  • Lightning Protection System
  • Lighting: Accent, Flood, Lot, Outdoor, Stadium
  • Television Systems
  • UPS Systems
Experience
"During the Four Winds Casino Opening, the Gephart Team proved once again to not only meet but exceed their promise. The Team warned me of upcoming challenges before they became huge issues, and completed their scope of work on time and within budget. They have demonstrated their ability to execute with precision and professionalism. It was a pleasure working with such a skilled staff and I look forward to our next engagement."
Rick Walters, Vice President of Information Technology, Lakes Entertainment, Inc.