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Steel Shots: Enter the “Bird’s Beak”
Posted by Tasha Weiss on February 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM.

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The exterior of the recent steel-framed expansion for FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich., features an instantly recognizable structure: the “bird’s beak” entry. Guests are welcomed into the casino via this steel porte cochere constructed of curved hollow structural steel (HSS) members. Photo: Greg Hughes

 

The drive along the busy I-94 expressway between Detroit and Chicago is about four hours but can sometimes seem even longer. FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich., about halfway between the two cities, hopes to serve as a brief stopping point along the way — and maybe more.

 

Thanks to a recent expansion, the owners are banking on the idea that the casino will attract visitors from outside of the immediate area by upgrading from a locally focused casino to a true destination resort. The addition includes a 242-room hotel, a bingo hall, a warehouse and more than 20,000 sq. ft of flexible event space.

 

The most eye-catching element of the steel-framed expansion project, which was fabricated by AISC member Douglas Steel Fabricating Corporation, Lansing, Mich., is the “bird’s beak” entry. Guests are welcomed into the casino via this steel porte cochere constructed of curved members, all modeled in SDS/2 so that the structure could first be built virtually before being built physically.

 

You can read more about the expansion project in the February issue of MSC–available now! Click here for a PDF of the article.


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