They said it couldn’t be done. They said it was too far away. They said it was too costly.
But they were wrong. Only the awesome staff at Seneca Niagara Casino and one lone salesman at Superior Scaffold had the vision for this $26 Million dollar remodel of their main casino floor. And as part of the massive redesign the Casino is investing $6 Million toward a new HVAC system to greatly improve the air quality throughout the entire casino. This will be the first major renovation of the original casino since it turned the old Niagara Falls Convention Center into the Seneca Niagara Casino back in 2002.
Think of Anthony Pini as the Tom Cruise of this corporation, a rogue, a rebel, determined saboteur of the nay sayers… It was his lone persistence to make the 8 hour drive many times through many negotiations that led to Superior Scaffold’s participation of this very unique project. I mean, look at the similarities.
And what a project this has turned out to be. Gigantic doesn’t begin to describe the size of this job inside the main gaming floor. The interior is the size of 2 full length football fields.
What this project entails is getting crews up underneath the ceiling, while the casino remains open for business as usual so they can get the new HVAC and mechanicals installed. Look at the photos… Not only is the expanse vast, but it’s over 40 feet off of the ground and has to be self contained so people can come and go as usual below. How will they do it? How could they do it?
Leave that up to Tom Cruise, I mean Anthony Pini, to devise a Multi-Point Suspended Scaffold System to do the job. Yes, it is like something out of the movies… Giant work platforms actually hang from chains from the arched trusses at the ceiling. It’s netted in so nothing can fall off of the sides and its sturdy enough for crews to get their HVAC ducting and all necessary pieces parts onto it.
A Multi-point suspended scaffold system. Yes, it’s a mouthful but it’s also something quite incredible to see. We’ve done these before (see blog on Hanging bridge platform) but never at this scale. It’s 300 feet long by over 300 feet wide! That’s a massive undertaking. Check out the E shaped design drawings.
And look at the rendering. If you think it was easy – you’d be wrong. The ceiling has giant arches which of course curve and give different elevations along that curve. So the monster challenge for our crews was to get the lengths of chains correct over the entire spans of this platform. The segments had to hang at different elevations from the trusses to accommodate the particular ducting and venting going on up there. Some lengths would be 20 feet while others would be 10 and so forth. But once our guys go the proper lengths in place the platform was installed, level and sturdy.
We will be getting much more detailed photos – but you can see that this is something quite impressive and something that doesn’t happen very often.
Truly a mission impossible of a job. We are just proud to be a part of this prestigious job in Niagara Falls.
Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is home to the largest hotel in Western New York and received the impressive AAA Four Diamond certification every year since 2005. The casino floor has an area of 147,000 sq ft (13,700 m2) with 99 gaming tables and 4,200 slot machines. It is the largest hotel in New York outside of Manhattan.
Performers from Nelly Furtado, Lynyrd Skynyrd to Smokey Robinson and Johnny Mathis are regulars at the Seneca Niagara Casino.
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