© Ian Vaughan

© Ian Vaughan

© Ian Vaughan

© Ian Vaughan

© Ian Vaughan

© Ian Vaughan

© Ian Vaughan

© Ian Vaughan

Seneca Niagara - Casino and Hotel


A $285M revitalization project for the downtown Niagara Falls area.  This  fast track project has multiple major components including a 150,000 SF Casino, a 5-Story Parking Garage, a 26-Story 600 Room Hotel and Spa, a Bus Transportation Depot and a Central Utility Plant.

A complex design team led by Jeter, Cook and Jepson Architects (Conn.) working with an on-site construction manager completed the design and construction in just 4 months on the first $80M portion of the project.  The design was started in September 2002 and the $80,000,000 Casino was open and operating for New Year’s Eve 2002.  M/E Engineering has the staff and knowledge to handle large complex projects in an expedient fashion.


Conversion of the 150,000 SF abandoned Niagara Falls Convention Center.  With construction manager overview, the project was completed in less than six months of design and construction

Parking Garage

Addition of 5-story, 2,000 car integrated parking garage.  Lighting for vehicle identification and personal safety was paramount.  Communications and alarm systems were integrated to Casino Security headquarters.

Spa Hotel

A new 26-story, 600 room Hotel and Spa was constructed and connected to the existing Casino.  This 504,000 SF facility includes additional gaming areas, three restaurants, kitchen, back of house support areas, spa, pool, meeting rooms, retail, and a 1,500 person multipurpose room.  This project included new HVAC, fire protection, specialty lighting, IT, and plumbing systems.  The Architect, JCJ Architecture, won the G2E Institute 2007 Casino Design Award for "Best Architectural Design for a Tribal Casino/Resort" for this project.

Central Plant Utility Expansion

Expanded facility to house 3-2 MW generators for primary electrical generation; 2-800 HP boilers and 2-1400 ton chillers.

Specialty Spaces

  • Reconstruction of existing space into a high-end, high limit slot area.
  • Conversion of four storefronts on State Street into two full service restaurants.  Infrastructure will be fed by District Heating and Cooling.
  • Provided a separate Poker Room from shell space with 2 subsequent additions.
  • Created the "penny arcade" with 300 penny slots in a previously unused mezzanine space.
  • To meet the need for a smoke-free zone, an isolated non-smoking slot machine area was designated and tightly controlled with independent HVAC supply and exhaust.
  • Created a new self contained steak house restaurant with independent services.
  • A new transportation hub for buses was constructed. Handicapped accessibility was a major objective.

Employee Dining

Created a new kitchen and dining facility for more than 1,000 employees. 24/7 operation and isolated supply and exhaust HVAC systems.

Technology Design

  • Incoming telco utility services including multiple T-1, T-3, DS-3 circuits and multiple 56K POTS lines.
  • A total of twenty-five (25) Data Wiring Closets connected to Main Computer room with multiple strand fiber-optic cable and copper telephone house cable
  • More than 5000 slot machines are controlled via data wiring with slot machines wired in groups of no more than twenty (20) machines per data home run for slot machine control and programming, separate network wiring for selected wide area progressive slot machines, and data wiring for digital signage at machine locations.
  • IT Design includes data wiring for Back of House Systems, Food and Beverage Systems, Payroll System, Purchasing System, Human Relations Systems.
  • Point of Sale Systems can accommodate credit card purchases, cash purchases and patron point purchases.
  • IT Design includes wiring for Time and Attendance System, Global Cash System, Automatic Jackpot Machine System, ATM Machines, Digital Signage.
  • Voice Design consisted of IP Capable PBX system selected for all Seneca Properties resulting in a total of five stand-alone PBX's networked together to include the Seneca Niagara Casino complex, Seneca Warehouse Building, Seneca HR Building, Seneca Allegany Casino, and Seneca Allegany Training Facility.
  • An RF Distribution System design includes distribution of satellite television channels, local cable company channels, and a separate, on-site generated digital signage/imaging system capable of broadcasting up to 53 channels or video/audio content to selected display devices scattered around the entire complex.
  • A complex-wide Sound System designed for paging, announcement systems, background music system is included.
  • Security and Surveillance System cabling and power system design provides for the operation of over 700 cameras and more than 200 alarm points. Surveillance equipment consisting of monitors, digital video recorders, archive system are provided. Access Control and Building Security System consists of building alarms, card readers, proximity readers, monitoring locations, separate video monitoring of cash counting, armored car access, cashier/teller alarm systems are provided.

M/E Role

M/E Engineering completed the design and construction administration for the HVAC, power, specialty lighting, IT, fire protection and plumbing systems for these renovations and additions.


The primary challenge was the tight project deadline for Phase 1.  Another challenge was working with a large complex team of design and construction professionals.  M/E’s experience on this project ranged from a complex design-build effort to a more traditional design-bid-build on the later phases of this project.  In each case, M/E was able to provide the staff with the skills to complete the job.

Niagara Falls, New York