Urban Design Group Successfully Completes New 120,000 SF Pavilion and Parking Deck for Hollywood Casino in Joliet, Illinois

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Urban Design Group helped convert the former Empress Casino into a Hollywood Casino in Joliet, Illinois by replacing the gaming support pavilion and adding a parking deck to the property. Just minutes from Chicago, the renovated casino features Penn National Gaming’s unique Hollywood design theme. The casino offers slots, table games and poker. The facility features four dining options, a retail area, full service hotel and an on-site RV Resort.

Urban Design Group recently completed the interior and exterior design of a new pavilion and added a 1,200 car parking structure to the rebranded Hollywood Casino in Joliet, Illinois. The casino is located 35 minutes from Chicago and is owned by Penn National Gaming. The property was formerly an Empress Casino and has gone through a total renovation and rebranding program.

A pavilion to support the gaming barge had been on the property previously, but it was destroyed by a fire during a renovation in March 2009. UDG was commissioned, just days after the accident, to quickly design the new pavilion and offer a fast-track solution to deliver the project as close to the original schedule as possible. Through close collaboration with the owner, UDG was able to fully rethink the way the entire property could be improved while taking advantage of as much of the existing infrastructure as possible. Some very complex conditions required considerable study, yet progress was quickly made to get the existing gaming barge fully functional while the building replacement components worked their way through design and construction. A balance was struck that not only met acute budget and schedule constraints, but succeeded in fully transforming the property.

Urban Design Group worked with Genesis Associates to incorporate Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood theme throughout these spaces. Joliet’s Hollywood Casino features a newly remodeled 50,000-square-foot casino floor, four dining options, including: Final Cut Steakhouse, Epic Buffet, Take Two Deli and Hollywood Stadium (Chicagoland's most exciting sports bar). Plus, the Rodeo Drive Gift Shop offers a unique shopping experience. Hollywood Casino Joliet is located at 777 Hollywood Boulevard, Joliet, IL 60436. For more information, please visit http://www.hollywoodcasinojoliet.com.

About Penn National Gaming:

Penn National Gaming, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates twenty-six facilities in eighteen jurisdictions, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's operated facilities feature approximately 29,000 gaming machines, approximately 600 table games, 2,400 hotel rooms and 1.1 million square feet of gaming floor space.

About Urban Design Group:

Urban Design Group offers architectural, interior design, planning and urban design services to its worldwide clientele from studios in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, UDG's personnel work on a wide range of projects from hospitality and gaming to corporate and mixed-use.

In the firm's 36-year history, Urban Design Group has completed more than $6 Billion dollars in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors, 15 design competition awards and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit http://www.urbandesigngroup.com.

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