Wind Creek Casino is a newly constructed hotel and tribal gaming facility in Wetumpka, AL. Built to replace an existing smaller gaming facility, Wind Creek Hospitality was interested in creating a gaming space with unique appeal to draw visitors from the surrounding areas of Montgomery, Birmingham and Atlanta. Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of Nevada (ATM) was contracted to incorporate a signature aquarium display featuring sharks into the Center Bar area of the gaming floor.
IAS was engaged to provide life support system (LSS) design, build, supply and commissioning for the centerpiece aquarium. The Shark Aquarium is a highly customized and unique 16,500 gallon fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) and acrylic saltwater tank mounted above the Center Bar of the casino. Oval in shape, the aquarium is void in the middle to allow space for bar service and access to the top of the tank through the middle of the aquarium. The LSS is installed in a subterranean vault below the aquarium and bar area.
IAS worked closely with ATM to design and engineer a completely automated and highly sophisticated LSS into the architectural design of the casino. Wind Creek Hospitality needed a system design that met the functional needs of the aquarium as well as the automation needs of the end user. IAS provided 3D CAD layout of mechanical spaces, P&ID drawings and construction documentation of the systems. IAS designed, built and supplied skid-mounted filtration components including pump assemblies, mechanical filtration assemblies using PermaBead™ filtration media, UV sterilization/heat exchanger assemblies and Microbead™ biological filters. IAS further designed, built and supplied a highly customized AquaPLC™ system to control mechanical filter backwash and monitor water quality parameters, water temperature and system flow rates. The IAS AquaPLC™ system was configured to be viewable and alarmable from the casino’s Building Management System (BMS), allowing operations staff to be aware of any system irregularities remotely in real time. IAS also supplied foam fractionation and reverse osmosis equipment.
Additional field services were provided to the client by IAS throughout the construction phase to complete the successful installation of the system and integration of automation, perform startup and commissioning and provide systems training to operations staff.