Casino and City Win with Design-Build
Casino and City Win with Design-Build
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Casino and City Win with Design-Build
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Working with city engineers and plant operators, the project team not only met accelerated deadlines but also devised operational changes to accommodate temporary wastewater demands.

With the city of Mulvane working to pull in new businesses and a casino developer pushing to open as soon as possible, backers of the new Kansas Star Casino knew they couldn't gamble with one of the project's fundamental needs: adequate capacity for wastewater treatment.

Enter Burns & McDonnell/CAS LLC, hired to design and build an expanded system for treating high-strength pollutants from the site's high-stakes operations: restaurants, a 300-room hotel, a 24-acre event and equestrian center, and a gaming hall with more than 1,850 slot machines and table games. All within six months.

"The team was successful at achieving the critical goal of receiving and treating the wastewater from the casino without delaying its opening," says Galen Cummins, the city's director of utilities. "Using the time-saving advantages of the design-build procurement strategy was the obvious choice."

Also clear was the city's decision to work with Burns & McDonnell/CAS, Cummins says, because the team already had established a positive relationship by completing a successful design-build project at the treatment plant in 2006. Now the same team would deliver additional capacity necessary for opening the casino complex, which Cummins considered a "once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunity" for Mulvane.

For the complex to open on time, the team faced and met a series of accelerated deadlines that enabled the casino to open in December 2012, four months early.

"We were able to accomplish a much better result than would have been possible without using design-build procurement," Cummins says.

Working with city engineers and plant operators, the project team not only met accelerated deadlines but also devised operational changes to accommodate temporary wastewater demands. Teamwork also paid off through smooth startup for the expansion and minimal disruptions for existing operations. The project's success already has led to additional work going forward.

"We're thrilled by the continued opportunity to enhance and improve what will no doubt be an important component not just of the city's utility system, but also the resulting economic development spurred by the new casino," says Brian Foy, project manager for Burns & McDonnell.

For more information, contact Brian Foy, 816-822-3039.

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