Design Assist Efforts Enhance Bottom Line

Although the Pascua Yaqui Tribe now makes its home around metropolitan Tucson, AZ, the tribe’s roots in North America date back as far as 552 A.D., with its first encounter with Jesuit priests in neighboring Sonora, Mexico documented in the 1500s.

In a collaborative effort, Bergelectric worked with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, as well as the architect and lighting designer to provide a dynamic cost model for the Casino Del Sol Hotel & Convention Center that identifies lower-cost options and can be continually updated to reflect changes.

The modern Pascua Yaqui Tribe—which contributes significantly to the local economy—operates two casinos in Tucson and recently began constructing an expansion of the Casino Del Sol that features a 161,000-sf hotel and convention center.  After previous attempts to begin building the project over the last decade were thwarted due to economic downturns, the tribe is getting construction back on track with an emphasis on maintaining budgets and reducing costs whenever possible.

Winning Combination Enhances Guest Experience

Bergelectric was part of a team that featured Architect Leo A. Daly and general contractor McCarthy, who were selected by the tribe to make the $98-million project a cost-effective reality by preparing updated budgets in line with owner’s expectations.  As the 10-story hotel and conference center’s construction was getting underway, the Tribe revisited the project and requested several substantial changes that will ultimately enhance the quality of the guest experience.

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In a collaborative effort, Bergelectric worked with the Tribe as well as the architect and electrical engineer/lighting designer, Taylor/RyMar to provide a dynamic cost model that can be continually updated to reflect changes, as well as identify lower-cost options.  “Our value-engineering experts targeted such items as MC feeder and aluminum feeder conductor options that are more cost effective.  The lighting-design options that we presented not only maintain the original design intent and quality, but we were able to offer appealing alternatives at a reduced cost that are also attractive to the owner’s bottom line,” explained Berg Project Manager David LeClair.

Bang for the Buck and BIM Boost Productivity

In addition to specifying LED lighting fixtures that offer energy savings and reduced maintenance costs, Berg met with vendors to obtain the best pricing for bulk-purchase items and equipment for the new facility.  “The relationship Berg has with our vendors allows us to get the best possible pricing available and enables us to schedule the staging of materials to arrive on site as our crews need them, ultimately improving productivity in the field,” noted Berg General Foreman Scott Gregory.

Ideally suited to the repetitive nature of hotel rooms and suites, Berg was able to offer additional economies of scale with the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and prefabrication, which further enhanced coordination in the field by preparing the wiring for power and lighting in advance for each of the 215 hotel rooms. “Keeping the existing gaming facility fully operational so it can continue to contribute to the Tribe’s bottom line while we complete the adjacent expansion was our ultimate goal,” added Bergelectric’s General Foreman.

Size
210,460 Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$8.5 Million

Duration
February 2010 – April 2012

Delivery Method
Design Assist

Other Team Members
McCarthy Building Co.
Lea A. Daly Architects
Taylor Rymar Engineers

Berg Regional Office
Phoenix

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