Thursday, January 22, 2009


Lay, Pitman has developed a design for the “Ultimate” long-range Mothership. It is a design which features both the long-range capabilities and outfitting required of a world-wide sport fishing or sport diving support vessel, and all of the amenities and conveniences of a world-class yacht.
For the prospective owner the new design is flexible enough that it can be adapted for either new construction or the conversion of an existing vessel.
We understand, for a true fishing enthusiast, time spent on overseeing the acquisition, design, and conversion of existing vessel is time spent away from fishing. To ensure that an owner will have ample time for fishing, LP&A has the ability to either locate, survey, and prepare engineering documentation for an existing vessel conversion or complete design packages can be prepared, submitted for pricing, and construction for a new vessel, all done in a timely fashion.
For the new Mothership design particular attention will be focused on the mechanical, piping air-conditioning, and fresh water systems on board the vessel. Mechanical and electronic packages to suit the owner’s requests are no problem and can be accommodated into the design. Lay, Pitman, and Associates' piping systems are designed for ease of maintenance and durability. Computerized HVAC systems will ensure the comfort of the owner, guest, and crew. Freshwater wash down systems for the sport fishing boat and tackle equipment are a must and have been carefully considered.
To further complement the Mothership’s support roll; tackle rooms, dive gear storage and deck storage rooms are incorporated into the design. With established relations with Robert Carmichael of Brownies Third Lung the vessel could be capable of being outfitted with the most advanced and state of the art dive support equipment; such as tank fill stations with oxygen generator and nitrox maker, compression chambers, mini submersibles, and digital development labs.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Argosy VII Casino nearing completion in Lawrenceburg, IN.

The Argosy property (Penn National Gaming) in Lawrenceburg will be replacing their existing casino boat with a new and unusual vessel. The new vessel will be restrained in place by a series of huge hydraulic cylinders to maintain a fixed position level with the land side access walkways and the adjacent building, unaffected by rising river levels.
Lay, Pitman & Associates provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for the vessel. The vessel is self-propelled by (4) 1000 HP azimuth Z-drive units. ABS Consulting Group will be the regulatory agency and certify the vessel under the new Indiana Alternate Compliance regulations.
The 502 ft. x 269 ft. platform will offer two levels of gaming for the 10,796-person capacity. Opening is scheduled for mid summer 2009.

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Casino Open for Business

Horseshoe Hammond Casino opens late Summer ‘08
Horseshoe Casino celebrates the all-new 500 million dollar casino with a star-studded grand opening weekend. Bette Midler christened the new 3,500-seat entertainment facility, The Venue, for the grand opening performance. Josh Kelley kicked off his national tour and performed at the Skyline Stage while sharing a few personal anecdotes with the on looking intimate audience. The Venue was also proud to host the first local appearance in eight years by hometown heroes The Smashing Pumpkins.
Boasting more than 465,000 square feet, the new Horseshoe Casino features 158,000 square feet of gaming space, which is comparable to any floor in Las Vegas and equivalent to the size of six football fields. Horseshoe’s major expansion project completely transformed its coveted location along Northwest Indiana’s lakefront and capitalizes on its’ 20 minute proximity to Chicago.
The most amazing feature – it floats! The architect of record was Friedmutter Group, based out of Newport Beach, California who incorporated the elegant Las Vegas style onto the floating casino. The naval architecture for the world’s largest floating casino was designed and engineered by Lay, Pitman and Associates from Jacksonville, Florida. The Lay, Pitman group has become the premier floating casino designs with three nearby casinos on Lake Michigan and over twenty other designs nation wide. Based on a uniquely developed design concept utilizing modular construction, the facility consists of six barges, built at three shipyards and assembled on-site. Once the construction and outfitting was completed, the floating casino was moved into place and open within one week.
Rick Mazer, Indiana Regional President and GM, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., added, "It all came together so nicely and we are so excited this day has arrived. Everyone is having a great time."

Monday, January 5, 2009

LP&A is currently working on a new build design of a 340 ft. x 64 ft. Support Yacht for an undisclosed owner. There are many unique features planned for this design including a game room with a gyroscopic pool table, an underwater observation area, a large atrium with glass elevator, two or maybe three helicopter pads, a below deck marina, and "GREEN" philosophies through-out. This new mega yacht is sure to provide the "WOW" that accompanies all of LP&A's designs.