As it turns out, the house doesn’t always win. Guarantee Electrical Co. recently received a Project of the Year award from the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis for its completion of almost $13 million of electrical work at the new Ameristar Casino Entertainment Center in St. Charles, Mo.

The two-story casino, which was built over the Missouri River and supported by precast concrete columns, included nearly 200,000 sq. ft. of interior space on the first floor alone. Guarantee served as the full-service electrical contractor for the work on the first floor, which included a steakhouse, video arcade, and gift shop, and provided the power and controls for a 40-ft fountain at the front entrance to the casino.

Along the way, the firm dealt with two floods that threatened to shut the project down—one due to heavy rains that raised the Missouri and other area rivers and the other when a second-floor pipe broke and flooded the first floor.

Despite the challenges, however, the firm finished the project on time.