HORSESHOE CASINO CINCINNATI
When Horseshoe Casino opened in 2013, Cross Light was there to support the new, 400,000 square foot facility. The main casino floor is powered by 16 ETC Sensor3 Dimmer Racks, and is controlled by a sprawling, fiber-connected network of 4 Unison Paradigm processors with countless stations for local control in the clubs, restaurants, and partition-able ballroom. Emergency lighting is also controlled through the dimmer racks, via UL924 emergency lighting bypass.
Cross Light worked with local contractors and distributors for the sale and installation of the system, providing on-site assistance as needed thanks to our proximity to the jobsite. Sunman to downtown Cincinnati is only about 40 minutes’ drive. As time approached for the opening, Cross Light field service technicians Jim Sjogren and Jonathan Fuchs worked to commission the system, bringing the network, dimming, and control equipment on-line. Jonathan worked with the Lighting consultants to program a control scheme that was flexible yet intuitive for the owner. Throughout the process, Cross Light worked with the electricians to maintain accurate records of the thousand or so lighting loads controlled by the system.
In addition to the Casino itself, ETC dimming controls the LED and Fluorescent lighting on the Event Lawn, sure to draw concert crowds this summer. This system ties to the main building system for override control if necessary.
Two “Tenant Spaces” within the casino walls, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and Bobby’s Burger Palace (founded by food network chef Bobby Flay) also have stand-alone ETC dimming systems. Cross Light worked again with local contractors and out-of-town consultants to help ensure things run smoothly.
Horseshoe Opening Night photo from USA Today
BBP Photo from Kentucky Post
Margaritaville photo from Cincinnati Business Courier
Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Indiana opened a new Hotel and Spa in early 2009. Cross Light worked with consultants The Ruzika Company and contractor Martell Electric to provide ETC dimming, control, and programming of the new Sports bar and lounge, as well as the concert stage in the restaurant and small gift shop. The system includes multiple rooms of Unison architectural control with a portable LCD for programming and a Pharos controller for the colored LED lighting in the sports bar ceiling.
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Indiana Live! Casino opened in 2009 in Shelbyville, Indiana, outside of Indianapolis. This 200,000 square foot facility is a feature of the existing Indiana Downs racetrack. Featuring all manner of electronic gaming, the facility also hosts nearly 900 ETC dimmers and 1024 channels of LED control designed by the Ruzika Company and installed by Indianapolis Electric. The controls are distributed throughout the facility, networking nine dimmer racks and three control processors across five electrical rooms. Aside from the gaming floors, the two restaurants and multiple lounges have local preset control in addition to the Unison astronomical timeclock automatic day and night presets. Cross Light also provided Pharos programming assistance for the LED light shows that occur automatically throughout the day and night, and even selected holiday lighting!
Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana (outside of Cincinnati) completed a new vessel in late 2009, with a lower level poker room suitable for the World Poker Tour in addition to the main gaming floor. That floor includes the performance stage, complete with moving lights driven by an ETC lighting console in addition to the thirteen dimmer racks and architectural control system which power the entire vessel. The food and restroom annex, as well as the connector bridge to landside are also driven by smaller ETC architectural systems, linked to the operation of the vessel through contact closures. The vessel system includes many redundant features, including multiple networked Paradigm processors in the highly unlikely event of hardware failure. This new Hollywood facility is part of a larger work of many ETC systems, which include the walkway from the new parking garage and the landside entry pavilion. Lighting Design Alliance specified the project, installed by Mayers Electric.
As with every project, Cross Light strives to be the conduit for effective communication between all parties involved. Our unique knowledge and relationships help us specialize in the entertainment-style world of lighting that is continually becoming more prevalent in the architectural community, and we look forward to continuing strong for the forseeable future.