UDG Completing Four Entertainment Complexes Featuring Both Casinos and Horse Racing

Racinos combine the excitement of gaming with the thrill of horse racing. Urban Design Group (U|D|G) is currently involved in four different racino-related projects at entertainment complexes across the country.

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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 23, 2014

UDG, Inc. is currently providing architectural design services for four racino-related projects at various entertainment complexes across the country. The racino properties offer an increasingly-popular combination of gaming and horse racing. The properties are managed by Penn National Gaming (PNG), currently the largest operator of horse racing in the country. The four projects are located in Dayton, Ohio; Austintown, Ohio; Hobbs, New Mexico; and Charles Town, West Virginia. These projects were preceded by one of the first new “racinos” in the country located in Grantville, Pennsylvania (also a PNG property). It was also at this property that PNG developed its Hollywood brand.

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is a new racing and gaming facility scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014. Located in Dayton, Ohio, the new $78+ million (construction-related cost) facility sits on the former 120-acre Delphi Automotive industrial site. The entertainment complex is designed using Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood theme, which complements the art deco style of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The project includes a horse track, grandstand and gaming facility with up to 1,500 VLTs, entertainment bar, sports bar, and a food court with three venues. The facility is adjacent to a 5/8 mile harness race track for night-time racing accommodating 561 clubhouse seats, 476 trackside seats, and 149 daily paddock stalls. UDG was commissioned to provide master planning, programming, architectural design, back-of-house interior design, construction management, and coordination of interior theming services.

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course is a racing and gaming project scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014. Located in Austintown, Ohio, the $91 million (construction-related cost) entertainment complex sits on a 195-acre site and includes up to 1,200 VLTs, entertainment bar, sports bar, and a food court with three venues. Designed using Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood theme which complements the art deco style of the Golden Age of Hollywood, the facility features a 1-mile thoroughbred track for daytime racing with 547 clubhouse seats, 454 trackside seats, 1,000 year-round horse stalls, and a dormitory for the groomsmen. UDG was commissioned to provide master planning, programming, architectural design, back-of-house interior design, construction management, and coordination of interior theming services.

Zia Park Hotel will become the new entry feature to the existing Zia Park Racetrack and Casino facility in Hobbs, New Mexico. The $17 million (construction-related cost) hotel is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2014. The property features 154 rooms with a fitness center, breakfast café, business center, and sundries shop. The five-story hotel tower overlooks the 1-mile horse track. The exterior and interior of the building complement the Southwestern aesthetic of the existing casino and grandstand. UDG was commissioned by PNG to provide master planning, architectural design, and construction management services.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, West Virginia is a historic thoroughbred race track and casino, owned and operated by PNG, in Charles Town, West Virginia. UDG has provided professional services to the property through a series of major gaming expansions since 2001. The latest service is the introduction of the “Event Center at Hollywood Casino” by converting an under used area of the gaming floor. This is a 1,200-seat venue for a variety of performances. Over the recent July 4th weekend, opening night featured “Credence Clearwater Revisited.”

“We enjoyed designing the two new racino properties, updating an existing casino and designing a new luxury hotel adjacent to a horse racing track,” said Donald C. Buenger, AIA, LEED AP, Principal with UDG. “We sincerely appreciate our ongoing relationship with Penn National Gaming. We enjoy developing unique solutions as part of their team through close collaboration. We are proud to have kept the projects on track in terms of schedule and budget. We are honored our project team helped create world-class entertainment destinations that will provide jobs and spur economic growth for citizens in Ohio, New Mexico, and West Virginia.”

About Penn National Gaming (PNG):

Penn National Gaming, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities, with a focus on slot machine entertainment. Penn National Gaming presently operates twenty-seven facilities in eighteen jurisdictions, including Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National Gaming's operated facilities feature approximately 31,000 gaming machines, 800 table games, and 2,900 hotel rooms.

About the award-winning architectural firm U|D|G:

Founded in 1975, UDG offers architectural, interior design, and master planning services to its worldwide clientele from offices in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), UDG's personnel work on a wide range of projects from gaming, hospitality and resort projects to corporate office, university facilities, and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm's 39-year history, UDG has completed more than $6 Billion in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors and 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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