4 Bears Casino & Lodge
New Town, North Dakota
Obernel partnered with Zerr Berg Architects to develop the design for the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge remodel and addition. The event center, which can now accommodate 4,000 people, has the ability to facilitate larger entertainment productions including rodeos, pow-wows, motorsports, and theatrical events. Obernel was responsible for the mechanical and electrical engineering on this project including fire protection, lighting design, and life safety systems. The building contains event space, a state of the art commercial kitchen, and offices.
The old event center space was renovated into one large ballroom with removable walls so it can be split into two or three spaces. For an added touch of elegance, Obernel’s electrical team designed for removable hoists in order to bring in temporary chandeliers for special occasions.
Additional space includes a large arena with a pre-determined stage located at one end and can be converted to a 3,000 seat basketball arena. Obernel Production Principal and Director of Electrical Engineering, Andy Bartsch, said “It has all the sound and audio-video (AV) components that newer conference centers in large cities have. It has all the electrical show-power connection points for road shows to make quick and easy connections to the electrical system; we put in a life-safety generator; there are two large video boards on either side of the stage and there’s LED ribbon signage above the suites – it’s very cool.”