Hotel and Event Center Expansion

IMEG was retained to provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and structural engineering services for the design of a 170,000-sf, 8-story mixed used hotel, event center, and casino expansion to the existing FireKeepers® Casino located in Battle Creek, Michigan. Comprised of 250 guestrooms, seven stories of hotel tower sit atop a new restaurant and bar, commercial kitchen area, pool and leisure spa, fitness and business centers, grand entrance lobby, casino gaming floor, and laundry services. The attached event center, over 25,000-sf altogether, consists of a performance stage, ballroom, and multi-use assembly spaces. The expansion also added onto the existing bingo hall and provided an additional 25,000-sf of back-of-house garage/storage area to the facility. The engineering design met a very aggressive design schedule and was drawn entirely in Revit 3D modeling software.

A central chilled water plant serves the entire facility and consists of two 400-ton water-cooled chillers and one 100-ton air cooled chiller. The combination of chiller types allows for year-round chilled water functionality without operating a Cooling tower in the winter. Heating is provided with heating water from five 3,000- MBH high-efficiency condensing boilers.

Heating and chilled water are distributed to several AHU’s and vertical fan-coil units located in each guest room.

Energy savings are maximized by utilizing two custom 100% outside air energy recovery units to provide ventilation air to the hotel rooms while recovering air from each bathroom’s exhaust.

FireKeepers Casino
Battle Creek, MI
170,000 SF
Services Provided

Structural, MEP, Architectural Lighting, Fire Protection