Gallant was very excited to build this entertainment complex, including a 16-lane, glow-in-the-dark bowling alley, restaurant and bar, in part because we’d be able to visit once the complex was complete. However, the weather was throwing us gutter ball after gutter ball. As soon as the project kicked off, it rained—four days a week for six weeks straight. Then, winter showed up early. Below-zero temperatures and snow forced us to slow our trademark rapid pace.


Further challenging our timeline were some eleventh-hour changes to the interior finishes and additions to the specialty millwork. An advertising campaign for Glo-Bowl was running, and the media were already running stories about the grand opening. The bowl must go on—and Gallant was determined to make it happen.


Organization, persistence and foresight were the keys to battling the bad weather and locating those last-minute specialty items. Extra crews worked extra hours to keep on schedule. We held regular meetings with the owners and architect to ensure that all progress was in the right direction. And while working with the in-house design team, we chased down the interior finishes and millwork elements to make our opening day deadline.


Glo-Bowl opened the doors to its impressive new facility precisely.




Marengo, IL


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