4 Bears Casino

New Town, North Dakota

Project Objectives

Located in the center of the Bakken Oil fields, the 20 year old 4 Bears Casino was in need of an upgrade which would create an exciting, comfortable, and high-quality feel for the gaming floor. The Tribe had an aggressive schedule to have the project completed which included a brand new gaming floor bar in addition to transforming the ambiance within the gaming floor.

Casino Design - 4 Bears Casino new bar design by I-5 Design.

Design & Planning

By planning the décor to work with and enhance existing architectural features of the gaming floor, a completely new ambiance was created for the space without expensive and time consuming structural changes. The entire onsite implementation of the 15,000 sf. gaming floor remodel was planned for an extremely efficient, phased completion in just 5 weeks onsite.

Beginning with a rich color palette of red, blue, and gold a dramatic transformation was created within the gaming space. The vibrant custom carpet integrates a ‘stratified’ design motif that alludes to the abundant oil deposits found throughout the Tribe’s land. Stone and wood finishes accent the new gaming floor colors and bring familiar natural elements from the surrounding geography into the space. Each of the major customer service areas received new custom signage, integrated LED accent lighting, and custom patterned metal finishes, creating a high-quality feel and unified architectural design within the space. A custom curtain element winds it’s way around the perimeter of the gaming floor and is reminiscent of the nearby Lake Sacagawea. Custom chandelier elements are placed throughout the gaming floor and provide excellent contrast against the blue of the custom chain curtain. The central gaming floor bar features a custom décor structure suspended over the new area and is illuminated to draw attention and awareness to the exciting new amenity.

Build & Install

All of the custom décor elements, custom casework and cabinets, new foodservice equipment and custom flooring were manufactured and shipped to the jobsite for installation in just 3 weeks.

Each of the custom elements within the new gaming floor design were fabricated and pre-assembled offsite in order to ensure the implementation could be achieved within the most efficient time onsite and with minimal disruption to casino operations. As the chandeliers, signage and large overhead décor structure were completed, the lighting elements were tested and calibrated for maximum visual impact within the space. Once the décor was completed in-shop, it was packaged and loaded for shipment to the jobsite. Simultaneous to the décor fabrication, I-5’s project team coordinated all of the custom casework and cabinetry, foodservice equipment, and custom flooring so that it would be installed within a highly efficient, phased implementation. Additionally, I-5’s onsite project superintendent was coordinating our team of nationwide subcontractors so that all of the onsite demolition, painting, and MEP adjustments would be completed within the phasing plan.

Casino Design - Manufacture of the bar structure for 4 Bears Casino.
Casino Design - 4 Bears Casino completed bar area.

Finished Project

Working to further streamline an extremely aggressive 7 week onsite implementation plan, I-5 was able to complete the 15,000 sf. remodel in just 5 weeks.

During the implementation, I-5 coordinated closely with the team at 4 Bears Casino in order to compress the schedule wherever possible and at the same time keep as many of their slot machines online and gaming areas open, so that existing revenues were protected. The project was completed 2 weeks early and the casino reported excellent returns on the investment during the remodel project. The gaming floor remodel project at 4 Bears was so successful, that they are currently moving forward with the second phase which will address the food and beverage areas of the property.

“I have been extremely impressed with I-5 Design in every phase of the gaming floor project… The design work was absolutely beautiful, the planning and implementation took into account the concerns of the Tribe, my guests and my staff, and the way they have thought about protecting our business during the gaming floor renovation was amazing… we are seeing excellent revenue increases”

 Pat Packineau
General Manager
4 Bears Casino and Lodge