Construction is underway at the Sands Casino Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. The project was designed by Howard Kulp Architects, PC, of Allentown. Barry Isett & Associates designed the structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, lighting and fire protection systems for the 50,000 SF venue that will be utilized in several capacities. As a conference/expo center, it can accommodate up to 1,500 people. As a concert hall, it will handle seated audiences of up to 2,250. Features include a 15,000 SF VIP Balcony with seven luxury suites, five green rooms for performers and a 12,000 SF bistro with several full service bars that boast dynamic light displays. The Event Center is the second BIA project at the Sands Casino. The first, the 300 room Sands Casino Hotel opened in the spring. BIA provided the design of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems of the entire hotel, as well as MEP, site/civil and structural for a 3,000 SF addition along with landscape design.