Resorts World Casino New York City Secures Expansion Through Gilston Electric

Written By Chris Imperiale on August 15, 2022 - Last Updated on August 18, 2022
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It appears Resorts World Casino in New York City may finalize its expansion in Queens sooner than later. Gilston Electric, a subsidiary of Electra USA, established its backing of the new establishment recently by getting electrical work completed ahead of time.

After earning the electrical subcontract back in 2018, Gilston’s planning helped the company make strides along the way. Overall, the expansion consists of a 10-store, 400-key hotel, a 50,000-square-foot casino, as well as a 40,000-square-foot amenities space.

By utilizing its engineers to lay the groundwork at the beginning of the project, things became increasingly easier for Gilston. Field supervisors and electricians got a head start on things, allowing the team to be more efficient altogether.

With the 479,000-square-foot expansion well underway, New Yorkers may soon have an exciting new downstate NY casino to venture to. Resorts World Casino is likely to receive one of three licenses to operate a full casino in the Empire State in the near future.

Resorts World Casino NYC showcases expansion

At the moment, Resorts World NYC acts a video lottery terminal (VLT) for those in the Queens area. However, it could soon gain access as one of the few retail casino spaces in the state.

In a previous interview with PlayNY, Resorts’ CMO Darlene Monzo discussed its plans to expand. She said:

“That has been our vision (an NYC casino) for the last 10 years. Genting didn’t come to New York to have a place with slots. The vision was always that we have one of the largest slot floors in the country — 6,500 slots on the Queens property — and we have a full-service casino up at the Catskills. But the dream, the vision was to always have it in New York City, and we have such great support from the Queens area.”

The land-based establishment is in a good position to move forward this summer, as construction keeps progressing. Thanks to Gilston’s plan, the casino is coming together without many issues at all.

Instead of needing to wait for other trades to finish their specific part, the electrical team moved on to additional stages at a great pace. Gilston Electric’s Senior VP, John Keane, talked about these advantages. He said:

“The benefits of starting a project of this magnitude early on are huge. We increased our efficiency, used less manpower, spent less on materials and cut down project time. All thanks to our ground work at the outset. It was a win-win situation for Gilston and the general contractor, Plaza Construction.”

Keane added: “Gilston achieved 99% accuracy in hitting the various walls and equipment throughout the building. We installed tens of thousands of feet of raceways efficiently and ahead of schedule.”

Efficient construction for future downstate NY casino

The best part of the expansion is that it occurred while the casino still had its doors open for business. By breaking up development into various stages, Resorts avoided shutting down.

Even when some problems arose during different phases, Gilston’s strategy never wavered.

The general foreman for Gilston for the building expansion at Resorts NYC, Danny Fiorello, talked about his team’s productivity. Fiorello said:

“We were always ahead of the other trades and in control, which translated to fewer onsite workers. In fact, even after one of the major trades defaulted in the middle of the project, it barely affected us, since we had already taken care of our part.”

Despite never working with Gilston before, this expansion helped solidify its relationship with Plaza Construction going forward.

Plaza’s Executive Vice President, Alan Sparn, mentioned how Gilston acted as a “true partner” during this time. Sparn noted,“We look forward to working with Gilston on future projects.”

Of course, Gilston was also pleased with the results from creating a wide scope of electrical infrastructure. Fiorello explained:

“The project showed how we joined forces and worked as one team throughout all aspects, from the bidding stage, through materials purchasing and engineering work to onsite execution.”

Once Resorts World NYC obtains its full casino license, the state of New York should start seeing plenty of tax money coming from Queens.

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Chris Imperiale covers New York sports betting and NY casino gaming industries for PlayNY. He holds a journalism degree from Rutgers University and was formerly on staff at Bleacher Report.

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