The Scarlet Pearl, south Mississippi’s newest casino, is now open on Back Bay Biloxi in d’Iberville.
The 18-story casino, the 12th to call the Mississippi Gulf Coast home, has 300 hotel rooms, including 10 penthouse suites, more than 1,300 slot machines and nearly 50 table games. It also features a miniature golf course with an erupting volcano and a parking lot full of energy efficient LED lighting.
“Engineering work officially started in 2011, but we were talking with the project managers in 2010,” Commercial Marketing Specialist Damon Penny said. “We disconnected service to the houses that had to be demolished and that’s when we started preparing the site for upgraded electric service.”
With roads being completely dug up and repaved, and both sewage and drainage systems scheduled to be overhauled, the decision was made to work on some weekends to have full access to the work area.
“The challenges were overcome by communication,” Engineer James Evans said. “We had four engineers work on the job at one time or another and we were all in constant contact with the project manager at Roy Anderson Construction.”
Some of the work on the project included:
- Installation of five 65 feet of concrete poles
- Removal of 15 wooden poles
- Installation of nearly 5,600 feet of wire
“We also rerouted some existing residential and commercial customers to be fed from different locations,” Evans said. “The casino is located in a mostly residential area, so we had to add more switches and upgrade the existing switches to make sure that, if need be, we can easily sectionalize the line.”
Additionally, the parking lot has nearly 70 LED light fixtures. Patrick Leathers, now the system operations manager in Transmission, completed the first lighting design and proposal in 2012 when he was the only employee in the lighting group. As the overall project evolved, so did the plans for the parking lot.
“The two main points we emphasized were the energy savings and the increased safety provided by LED lighting,” Engineer Matt Ball said. “It was a win-win for the casino and for the company.”