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Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut features a high-quality lighting control system that creates numerous dramatic visual environments in a large space and is flexible enough to handle the various functions that occur there. Control is provided by the Lutron GRAFIK 6000® preset lighting control system for total building coverage.
Project requirements included:
“A job like this would normally take two-and-a-half to three years,” said Marcus McPhee, vice president of McPhee Electric, of the 12-month construction of Mohegan Sun Casino on the Mohegan tribe’s reservation. “We had to have the system designed and released in 10 months. We worked around the clock with three shifts, six days a week.”
As for lighting the large space, the owners wanted dramatic lighting effects to highlight the various themes in the casino. Every detail of the Mohegan Sun was designed for optimum effect, to create a mood or enhance a gaming or entertainment activity. The main casino was divided into four sections and designed to look like an old Indian village. Each area of approximately 500,000 square feet (46,451 square meter) depicts the village as it would appear in each of the four seasons. Although all were part of a large space, there needed to be adjustable lighting in areas within those sections, such as five restaurants, entrances, and pedestrian mall, as well as areas on the perimeter of the casino such as a bingo hall and large sports bar. They also wanted the ability to dim and brighten the lights quickly and easily for creating moods or highlighting specific functions.
The owners liked the lighting designer’s ideas, but were afraid they would be too costly to implement. “We needed a high-quality lighting control system that could produce the right visual environment throughout this big facility with the flexibility to handle a multitude of different situations at a cost the owners could live with,” said McPhee.
McPhee chose GRAFIK 6000 for its quick installation (GP dimming panels are pre-wired and delivered quickly) and for its Windows-based software, which allowed easy zoning and scene setting. This simplified design and engineering made the installation easy to complete within the appropriate deadline.
“The casino is beautiful with a lot of attention to detail,” said Peter Manning, who served as McPhee’s on-site project engineer. “There are trees, stones, water scenes, you name it. We had to create feature lighting for each area. We illuminated everything from animal skins to Native American artwork.”
Overall, the GRAFIK 6000 system provides the design flexibility the casino owners wanted within budget and on schedule. At the same time, the system will save energy costs for them down the road. And as the casino fine-tunes its gaming operation, GRAFIK 6000 can also accommodate changing lighting requirements for different activities without adding expensive new equipment and time-consuming alterations.