Shingobee has been honored with an Eagle Award for their work on Sky Dancer Casino & Resortin Belcourt, North Dakota, in Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter Excellence in Construction Awards competition.
The Shingobee project management team – Rick Wold, Project Superintendent; Eric George, Project Superintendent; Tom Ollman, Senior Project Manager; and Cale LaVoie, Assistant Project Manager – received the award January 30, 2014, during ABC’s Annual Awards Banquet, held at The Metropolitan in Minneapolis, MN.
Shingobee provided pre-construction and general contracting services for the 120,000 square foot hotel and casino expansion, and renovation of the 38,000 square foot existing casino, from August 2011 through June 2013. The facility is owned by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and is located in north central North Dakota. See photos of the project in a previous post.
The expansion and renovation were constructed directly adjacent to the existing casino and hotel, increasing the gaming opportunities, adding 100 more hotel rooms, and greatly improving the guest amenities, including a variety of dining and entertainment choices. The casino’s design (by DSGW Architects First American Design Studio) reflects elements of importance to the tribal culture, including exterior lighting that mimics the Northern Lights for which the property is named – Sky Dancer.
Shingobee overcame challenges of a tight budget, aggressive schedule, winter conditions, and the remote location to deliver this unique casino and hotel within the Band’s goals, while keeping the existing facilities open during construction.
ABC’s Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition, developed to honor innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects and safety programs. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, and design team responsible for the project. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across Minnesota and North Dakota, were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety, and cost.