Urban Design Group Successfully Completes 101,000 SF Hollywood Casino in Perryville, MD

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Urban Design Group served as the architectural firm for the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, MD. The 101,000 SF property opened on schedule, despite construction delays due to site remediation issues. The casino features Penn National Gaming’s unique Hollywood design theme and offers 1,500 video lottery terminals and two dining options.

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Urban Design Group recently completed the design of the Hollywood Casino in Perryville, MD. Located at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, the site reclaimed a gravel mine for the 101,000 SF facility which houses 1,500 video lottery terminals (VLTs). The property is owned by Penn National Gaming. UDG served as the architect of record and provided master planning and architectural design services. UDG worked closely with the Construction Project Manager, Cianbro Corp., and coordinated the efforts of the interior design firm, Genesis Associates.

Urban Design Group incorporated Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood theme, with its 1930’s art deco look, throughout the project. A porte-cochere, decorative vertical pilasters and accent lighting compliment the exterior. The project also included the design of a 25,490 SF pre-engineered building which is connected to the casino to house administrative offices and additional support spaces.

“We enjoyed designing the Hollywood Casino in Perryville and appreciate our ongoing relationship with Penn National Gaming,” said Donald C. Buenger, AIA, LEED AP, Principal with UDG. “The Perryville Casino presented some unique challenges, yet through close collaboration, we successfully met the original schedule and brought the project in on budget. We are proud our project team helped convert a former gravel mine into a world-class entertainment destination that will provide jobs and spur economic growth for Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay area.”

The project included the design of two dining establishments, the “Epic Buffet”, which seats 150, and the walk-up “Extra’s Grill”. The interior design of the casino incorporates the Hollywood brand with decorative columns, art deco wall castings, nostalgic movie images, as well as incorporates the latest electronics to animate the casino such as using a Daktronics reader board sign, and adding theatric accent lighting.

Important to many casino visitors is the smoking policy. UDG worked closely with the State of Maryland to develop exterior smoking porches that complied with state clean air laws. Exterior secured areas are accessed directly from the casino and provide benches, electronic information screens and infrared ceiling heaters to make the exterior space comfortable during winter.

The $39 Million project budget included site development, building construction and interior theming. The project’s total design and construction schedule was 18 months, however construction was delayed by a month due to site remediation issues. UDG worked with Cianbro to streamline design, communication, decision making and procurement to still meet the original opening date requested by the client.

Hollywood Casino Perryville is located at 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Parkway, Perryville, MD 21903. For more information, please visit http://www.hollywoodcasinoperryville.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 nineteen jurisdictions, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, 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 29,700 gaming machines, approximately 640 table games, 2,400 hotel rooms and 1.2 million square feet of gaming floor space.

About Urban Design Group:

Urban Design Group offers architectural, interior design and urban master planning 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, resort, gaming design and Native American design projects to corporate, university facilities and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm's 37-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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