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Located in Salamanca, New York, Seneca Allegany features an 11-story luxury hotel with three restaurants, an indoor pool, spa, and salon in addition to their 68,000 square foot casino floor space with 2,235 slot machines and 40 gaming tables. The Seneca Nation plans to continue developing the Allegany complex into a premier resort destination in the region featuring world-class gaming and hotel operations.
Upon entering into the Nation-State Gaming Compact with the State of New York the Seneca’s quickly purchased land in Salamanca and constructed a temporary 48,000 square-foot casino. Upon its opening the Seneca’s moved immediately into phase 2 of the project which involved construction of a permanent gaming facility with 212 room hotel and 8-level parking garage.
In preparation for the Allegany expansion project O’Connell was contracted to bring two new 500 MCM circuits into the facility from a utility substation a mile away. O’Connell also performed various electrical construction services for the new casino and hotel under separate contracts.
O’Connell’s cable-pulling equipment and related experience helped us secure the work which entailed 4500-foot cable runs pulled through a low lying marshy area before crossing under the Southern Tier Expressway/Interstate Route 86. Manholes and conduit were already in place, but accessing them with large equipment was where the real challenge came in. O’Connell was able to pull the cable from end-to-end while performing only a single splice in each circuit where most other contractors would have had to venture further into saturated soil to pull shorter lengths of cable and perform multiple splices. In the one manhole we did have to enter water removal proved to be a major challenge requiring our crew to run two three-inch pumps continually to maintain safe working conditions.
O’Connell orchestrated several shutdowns between the utility and casino in order to tie-in the new circuits. The shutdowns were implemented once casino activity subsided, usually after midnight, allowing for our technicians to make the necessary connections at the substation and tie into switchgear at the new casino bus. The existing circuits needed to be brought back on line early each morning as demand at the temporary casino began to build.
The Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel pre-build high voltage circuits project is another example where O’Connell demonstrated industry leadership through the application of our extensive resources and diverse capabilities to successfully and cost effectively perform on a challenging project.