Little or no down time: Inside the Clearwater Casino buffet renovation

One of my favorite things about being an installer is our little or no downtime policy on renovation projects. We create scenarios where our customers business can continue as normal while we are renovating their space. A recent example of this was the transformation of a casino buffet environment. This off hours install started late at night and ended early in the morning so buffet operations continued throughout the project. Each evening at closing time we began by marking the position of and moving all the tables and chairs from the eating area. We then covered the salad bar and buffet with plastic and a specially made wood case which prevented debris and dust from falling on them. Plastic adhesive carpet cover was laid down to minimize wear on the floor. After these protective measures were in place each evening the work began.

The first night we removed the existing sheet metal ceiling grid. One crew in scissor lifts disassembled it while the ground crew immediately hauled it out to the recycle bin so nothing was left to clutter the ground. Once the grid work was out of the way, existing sheet rock and steel stud beams were cut and removed to make way for the new ceiling. The existing wood sheeting on the pillars was removed and disposed of. Once this was complete, we removed our protective measures, cleaned and vacuumed the floor, and returned the tables and chairs to their original positions, removing all signs of the night’s activities before the buffet reopened.

Nights two, three, and four started the same as the first. After necessary arrangements were made, installation began. Aluminum beams covered in specialty wood grain finishes were mounted with spanning beams placed between, to create the beautiful, warm lodge ceiling. Fire sprinklers and HVAC vents were lowered and moved to meet the new ceiling line at the planned locations. Our masonry team laid stone up the pillars, bringing another natural element inside the buffet, while keeping the area clean as they went. Each morning as we left the worksite, the buffet opened as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened, but each opening revealed another piece of the puzzle being assembled in time-lapse progress.

Night five was the final push to the finish line. Starting at one end of the space, the final product came together. Final touches like lighting were wired in, wood ceiling panels were laid in between the beams, custom fabricated mica chandeliers were hung, and the stonework was finished. At the end of the night the installation was complete. After only five nights, the buffet was transformed without ever hindering normal buffet business.

This is one just one example of how we create beautiful upgrades and renovations with little or no downtime to the business. I am proud to have worked on this project and am excited to continue to deliver on our commitment of little or no down time to our customers.

Josiah M.

Installation Team Member

One Response to Little or no down time: Inside the Clearwater Casino buffet renovation

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