"They have a capacity of about 800. The one in Las Vegas is about twice the size and will accommodate about 2,300 people on the floor."
The idea is to recreate the vibe of the original Bowl, he said. "You rent the venue. People rent one or two lanes, but they get preferential views of the stage." When they're not aiming at the pins, bowlers can relax in their private lounge, sipping their favorite beverage from the comfort of leather lounge chairs.
Through his ties to the music industry, Shapiro has booked Adele, Kanye West and Bruno Mars in Brooklyn. He has even larger goals in Vegas.
"Bands are classified -- A level, B level, C level," Pray said. "Brooklyn Bowl is usually B level."
In A-level Vegas, Shapiro told one reporter he hopes to land folks like Bob Dylan, Green Day, Kid Rock and Prince.
"These bands come with more sophisticated contract riders -- facilities and lighting and performance amenities," Pray said. It's his job to make them happy.
"You need a certain type of power. It has to be clean, not subject to feedback.
"You need acousticians. There are two issues. You need separation; you don't want to hear your neighbor downstairs. And you need to tune your room. I've had experience in separation, but how a room works.... These people know how to model a room. You can adjust it so it will be known as a good room to play."
Lighting the facility is another major concern. There are four bars spread through the three-story, 77,000-square-foot space, Pray said.
"So you have the architectural lighting -- painting the space -- and lighting the performers, and LED panels." The large TV-like screens can be programmed to complement the music, like a 21st century version of a 60s light show. "That's a big piece of work that I buy," he said.
Pray can't quote the exact budget, but said Brooklyn Bowl owners are making a mid-eight-figure investment, simply to finish the interior space. That includes Pray's fee.
"I do most of this remotely -- emailing, telephone calls," he said. "You can put drawings up on the (computer) screen. I go out there about once every three weeks, for three complete days."
On a site visit a few days ago, he learned the landlord is ready to turn over the keys to the site.
"We should start construction by July 1 and finish around January," he said Friday. "Then it takes about a month to get ready to open."
Although he started out building custom homes in Kanawha and Putnam counties, Pray is no stranger to working out-of-state work, or on large-scale projects. "We did a lot of tenant construction with Pray Construction in the '80s, more than 100 Kay Jewelers stores."
As to the largest project, "It's right there. Sometime back we worked on a $28 million project in Morgantown, a NIOSH center.
"But I'm not the general contractor now. There's a lot less responsibility." If something breaks down, the contractor takes the heat, he said.
The Linq project may not be his last collaboration with the Brooklyn Bowl owners, Pray said.
"This will be a roll-out. They will roll this out in other markets. One element in my relationship with them is to write up what we did well and what we can improve on. There's a sense we'll do it again. It's exciting."Reach Jim Balow at ba...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.