Lake Casino & Resort Renovation|
EAPC Architects Engineers
112 N. Roberts Street, #300, Fargo, ND 58102
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
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,
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.
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
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.
Exterior Sheathing: Georgia Pacific Dens-Glass
Exterior Metal Panels: Dri-Design
Curtain Wall: CMI Architectural
Glazing: OldCastle BuildingEnvelope®; Sage Electrochromic