Customer: Norwood-Lechase
End-User: Norwood- Lechase
Duration: 15 Months

SMART Electrical Solutions

It was a sure bet, Norwood-LeChase could count on Martin Electric to bring the lights of Vegas to Electric City. In 10 months, the Martin Electric team was able to bring power; lighting; life safety; security; and communications to a 155,000 sqft casino and gaming facility in Schenectady, NY.

Services Provided:

Temporary power, power & distribution, lighting, site lighting, fire alarm, security, tel/data, BIM modeling, emergency backup, controls.

The goal of the River's Casino & Resort project was to re-purpose an abandoned brownfield site in an effort to revitalize the City of Schenectady to attract visitors and act as a catalyst for future development within the local community. As Governor Andrew M. Cuomo stated "we are showing off the best of the Empire State while attracting new visitors, boosting, tourism, and helping support and strengthen our local communities."

Cuomo also had another goal for the Galesi Group in the development of River's Casino & Resort, as a contingency to the licensure, a goal of 30% MWBE participation for construction spending. As a certified WBE with a bonding capacity of $30M, there was no contractor more qualified to complete the job and meet the Governor's goals than Martin Electric.

River's Casino & Resort is a state of the art entertainment venue, featuring 1,150 slot machines, 67 table games and 15 poker tables, in addition to; 13,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting space, convetion and banquet space; Van Slyck's Bar and Lounge equipped for entertainment; Dukes Chophouse to provide an upscale dining option ot guests; food court with a pethora of food options; Splash Spa; and a 165-room hotel.

Martin Electric was awarded the electrical contract in late March 2016 and by February 8, 2017, Martin Electric had successfully turned on the casino for the grand opening. During the 10-month period, the Martin Electric team worked diligently to provide and install normal and emergency power to include the installation of 1,500kw generator and UPS system, intricate lighting and controls, fire alarm, security, and communications.

The Martin Electric team worked in collaboration with Norwood- LeChase and the other trades to maintain the project schedule while incorporating over 15 significant design changes to the facilities. With over 1,000 construction workers, this was a difficult task for which the success of the project hinged. Martin Electric, along with the other trades, provided BIM coordination services in conjunction with collaborative meetings in an effort to assist the project team in resolving clash detection prior to installation, which ultimately enabled the project to maintain schedule.

This project can be analyzed most accurately as a base build project from the exterior site work to inside power and distribution, life safety, data management, business management, lighting and device installation and then transitioning to the more in-depth projects associated with the different facilities that exist inside the building, i.e. four restaurants, two bars, a banquet facility, a spa, a parking garage, the entire hotel facility and much more.

While our work at the casino may be best shown off in the intricacy of the lighting fixtures, our value add began underground where we ran thousands of feet of conduit to power this one of a kind facility in Schenectady, NY.

How did we do?

Best electrical company in the Albany region that I have worked with in the last 6 years.

Ryan Faulkner, Project Executive