Work began in fall 2012 and will be completed in early 2015. One of the key challenges throughout the project has been to keep the casino open and running while maintaining its established standard of customer service. Keeping employees and clients alike informed of slot machine and other equipment and service relocations was among the challenges in the early phases. The first step consisted of preparatory work and demolition of the interior fountains and water features, the panoramic staircase and Bar 777, which took approximately six months to complete.
Responsible Disposal of Construction Materials
In keeping with their waste management policy, used equipment that would otherwise be sent to the trash is given to organizations specializing in materials recovery. Electronics and computer equipment are sent to a local factory that specializes in the recycling of communications and IT waste, textiles are shredded and reused as insulation, metals are melted down and dangerous substances and chemical products are sent to a company certified by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des parcs, where they are treated and recycled in an environmentally respectful manner.
Some creative thinking was needed, however, to dispose of the three-storey high bamboo plants that had been growing in the atrium since 1996. The facility transported them to Park Safari in Hemmingford, Québec, where they were offered as a treat to supplement the diets of some of the park’s herbivore residents. This unusual disposal method made for some very happy chimps, giraffes and elephants.