Four Winds South Bend

THE PROJECT

Gephart was hired as the design-assist electrical contractor for the construction of this new 175,000 SF casino with 890,000 SF parking garage.  The casino includes 1,800 slot machines, four restaurants, three coffee bars, and retail outlets.

OUR PLANNING

Early participation in the design phase allowed Gephart to assist in design completion and establish a complete scope of work.  During preconstruction, Gephart presented many value engineering options that were accepted by the Owner resulting in significant project savings.  Knowing the Owner had an interest in a future expansion, Gephart was also able to make the provisions for their vision for growth.

OUR WORK

With a deep understanding of the project, Gephart was able to push the schedule by completing tasks early and out of sequence as needed.  Branch power and lighting layout was performed early allowing for a majority of the conduit homeruns to be installed underground. Blank panelboard end walls were prefabricated with conduit stubs and installed prior to installation of concrete floor and metal stud walls. The flexibility and speed to adapt to a fluid project schedule allowed us to complete the project on time.

The Gephart team installed two 2.5 MW generators, one mile of linear cove lighting, 7,000+ light fixtures, and over one million feet of low voltage cabling.

SUCCESS

Building on our strong relationship with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Gephart completed their fourth ground up casino property for the Pokagon Band in the aggressive 13-month timeline.  The success of this project has lead to our early participation in the building expansion which will include additional gaming floor, back-of house expansion, spa, ballroom, convention center, rooftop pool and restaurant, as well as a 23-story hotel with 317 guestrooms.

SERVICES PERFORMED

  • Lighting
  • Flood lighting
  • Accent lighting
  • Landscape accent lighting
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Exterior parking lot lighting
  • Lighting and dimming systems
  • Computer/telephone raceway systems
  • Fiber and copper backbone for LV systems
  • Cable tray
  • UPS system
  • Electrical distribution system
  • Low-voltage systems for VoIP telephone
  • Data
  • P.O.S.
  • CATV
  • Cabling
  • Security & surveillance
  • Card Access system
  • Emergency power system
  • Emergency systems
  • Television systems
  • Dimming systems
  • Fire alarm
  • Emergency generator
  • Lightning protection system
  • Low-voltage and special systems
  • HVAC BMS & control wiring
  • Cellular floor system
  • Liquid line cable tray system
Experience
"Throughout the preconstruction process, Gephart provided multiple preliminary budgets with impactful value engineering ideas and constructability comments which were very helpful to both the overall budget and schedule. Gephart’s enthusiastic engagement during the preconstruction process was a key factor in why Gephart was eventually awarded the electrical and data scope of work on the project. Once construction began, the combination of Gephart’s pro-active design-assist approach and BIM coordination led to an efficient schedule and quality product for our client. "
Mitch Davison, Contract Manager, F.A. Wilhelm Construction