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  Spirit Lake Casino & Resort RenovationSpirit Lake Casino & Resort Renovation


EAPC Architects Engineers
112 N. Roberts Street, #300, Fargo, ND 58102

General Description

Location: St. Michael, North Dakota
Date Bid: Phase 1 Oct 2011; Phase 2 July 2012
Construction Period: Sep 2011 to July 2013
Total Square Feet: 112,277 Site: 15 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 47,000; second floor, 22,000;
third floor, 25,400; fourth floor, 17,877;
total, 112,277 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 9’; second floor, 8’; each additional floor (floors 3 & 4), 8’; floor to floor, 9’8”; total, 43’10”.
Basic Construction Type: Combination of V-A & II-A Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, curtain wall, metal panel, precast. Roof: Genflex TPO. Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural & MEP Engineer, Cost Estimator: EAPC Architects Engineers - 112 N. Roberts Street, #300, Fargo, ND 58102
General Contractor: ICS, Inc. - 2500 State Mill Road, Grand Forks, ND 58203

The Spirit Lake Casino and Resort is a multi-story facility comprised of 82,000 square feet of Gaming & Entertainment Floor and 112,300 square feet of Resort and Hotel on a remote island connected by a 2-lane highway. It is located in St. Michael, North Dakota on the Spirit Lake Reservation nestled on the south shores of Devils Lake, known for one of the top walleye fishing lake in the country. The facility's grand opening in 1996 featured 19,160 square feet of gaming floor and 5,500 square feet of full service commercial kitchen and buffet dining. In 1997, the facility expanded by adding 62 hotel rooms and a 1,000 seat auditorium. Three years later, 72 more hotel rooms were added along with a four story aquatic center to round out the facility's resort amenities. In 2004, the gaming floor was expanded to include a 12,400 square foot bingo hall addition. In 2009, the facility added 8,300 square feet of banquet hall.

The facility saw the need to give the Resort a fresh face-lift and expand its Food and Beverage services. EAPC Architects Engineers was commissioned for the facility's multi-phase renovation and addition projects that would span a period of 4-years with a total construction cost of $14.6 million. The Client charged EAPC to come up with a design that gives the resort a crisp-clean, modern look while utilizing material that is durable and requires minimal maintenance. After careful study of the facility's existing structure, a rain screen, metal-clad system was determined to be the right choice for the exterior building envelop. EAPC worked with Dri-Design to incorporate over 40,000 square feet of coated aluminum panels system into the design.

During the day, the facility can be seen from miles away sitting on top of a bluff on the remote island. At night, the continuous red glow from the LED lights becomes a beacon for droves of vehicles making their way to the casino and resort.

Guests staying at the resort can enjoy a new 8,600 square foot outdoor patio that features three open flame fire pits with ample seating to take in the majestic lake view. Major hotel renovation brings new life into the 122 guest rooms for a relaxing and memorable night's stay. The bathroom remodel includes custom solid surface countertops with integral sinks, new ceramic tile on walls and floors and contemporary light fixtures. Other work includes replacing three 4-stops hydraulic elevators with the new generation of traction elevators from Otis, LED lighting upgrades and additions of office suite, bus garage, loading docks & trash room, new flooring and a fresh coat of paint throughout.

The latest addition to the resort is a 7,000 square foot upscale restaurant with full service commercial kitchen to enhance fine dining experience. Key design elements include two story curtain walls that maintain a 180-degrees lake view, self-tinting glass by Sage, custom woodwork, fireplaces that utilize high pressure steam with LED lighting from Faux Fire, metallic wave light fixture by Fire Farm and hypnotic LED lighting.

This case study refers to Phase 1 exterior renovation and outdoor patio and Phase 2 exterior and interior renovations of 66 hotel guest rooms. Phases 3 and 4 not included.

Product Information
Exterior Sheathing: Georgia Pacific Dens-Glass
Exterior Metal Panels: Dri-Design
Roofing: GenFlex
Curtain Wall: CMI Architectural
Glazing: OldCastle BuildingEnvelope®; Sage Electrochromic

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