UDG Successfully Completes New Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway - A World-Class Entertainment Complex Featuring Horse Racing and Gaming

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Urban Design Group (UDG) served as the architectural firm for the new Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway in Dayton, Ohio that opened August 28, 2014. The entertainment complex is a world-class facility featuring the latest advancements in horse racing and gaming design.

UDG, Inc. recently completed overseeing the construction of the new Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway in Dayton, Ohio. The new entertainment complex sits on the former 120-acre Delphi Automotive industrial site. The project includes a horse track, grandstand and a gaming floor with up to 1,500 video lottery terminals (VLTs).

A unique design element of the project is how the elevated sports bar serves as the central design feature integrating gaming and racing, since it is shared by all patrons. It is located to provide spectacular views down to the gaming floor as well as out across the beautifully landscaped horse track. The “racino” concept offers an increasingly-popular combination of gaming and horse racing. The property is managed by Penn National Gaming (PNG), currently the largest operator of horse racing facilities in the country.

UDG served as the design architect and the architect of record and was also commissioned to provide master planning, programming, back-of-house interior design, construction management and coordination of interior theming services. The new $78+ million (construction related cost) facility was designed using Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood theme which complements the art deco style of the Golden Age of Hollywood. The project also features an 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 takes special pride in our role toward creating entertaining places for people. This facility has a special quality of vitality, filled with an energized public. Our close relationship with Penn National Gaming is a huge part of this success story – all moving parts connect to enhance the enjoyment of each patron,” said Don Buenger, AIA, LEED AP, Principal with UDG.

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-nine 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 33,000 gaming machines, 800 table games and 2,900 hotel rooms.

About the award-winning architectural firm UDG:

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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