Churchill Downs Turn 1 Hotel & Historical Gaming Facility

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

“Churchill Down Turn 1” is a new, seven story (with one intermediate level) entertainment and hospitality facility with covered permanent stadium seating, hotel, and historical racing machine (HRM) facility in the first turn at the legendary Churchill Downs racetrack. The first-floor level HRM includes state-of-the-art gaming floor, sports bar, VIP lounge and multiple year-round dining venues. There is an intermediate or mid-level between the first and second level for Back-of-House functions to serve the guests. The second-floor level is the 27,000 sq. ft. ballroom and meeting rooms that have access to the 2nd floor party deck to watch racing. On level 3 is an additional party deck and the Hotel workout facility. The 156 hotel rooms are on the four levels, 3 through 6, and feature trackside suites, which will offer private balconies and covered panoramic views of the entire tack, as well as non-track facing rooms. The trackside suites convert to observation suites during the Kentucky Derby. The top (seventh) level is a penthouse Banquet Room and additional observation decks.


Harlow’s Casino Resort & Spa

Harlow’s Casino Resort and Spa – The Coolest Spot in the Delta. Harlow’s offers exciting Mississippi casino gambling in Greenville, MS.

Harlow’s is owned by CDI, well known as Churchill Downs Incorporated. Its namesake racetrack, Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky., opened in 1875 and during its inaugural race meeting featured two races, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, which still highlight Churchill Downs’ live racing calendar today.

Today, the Twin Spires still proudly reign over Churchill Downs’ homestretch, and Kentucky Derby champions race by these architectural features turned trademarks on their way to the finish line, the Winner’s Circle and the history books.

As the Kentucky Derby legacy has evolved over 130-plus years, so has CDI’s stable of businesses. The publicly traded company has evolved from one world-famous venue in Central Kentucky to the United States’ premier racing, gaming and entertainment company with a myriad of holdings, including:

  • Five racetracks;
  • Six casinos;
  • The country’s leading online wagering business, TwinSpires.com;
  • A video poker business
  • A multi-state network of off-track betting (OTB) facilities; and
  • A collection of racing-related data, totalisator and telecommunication companies that support CDI’s sports and gaming operations.

CDI now employs more than 5,000 people and maintains physical operations in eleven states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York,  Ohio, and Washington.

Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor for multiple restroom renovations.


Riverwalk Casino & Hotel

Riverwalk Casino Hotel – the most exciting land-based casino destination in Vicksburg, MS. Enjoy the best in gaming, delicious dining choices and beautiful hotel rooms, many with lovely views of the Mississippi River.

Riverwalk is owned by CDI, well known as Churchill Downs Incorporated. Its namesake racetrack, Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky., opened in 1875 and during its inaugural race meeting featured two races, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, which still highlight Churchill Downs’ live racing calendar today.

Today, the Twin Spires still proudly reign over Churchill Downs’ homestretch, and Kentucky Derby champions race by these architectural features turned trademarks on their way to the finish line, the Winner’s Circle and the history books.

As the Kentucky Derby legacy has evolved over 130-plus years, so has CDI’s stable of businesses. The publicly traded company has evolved from one world-famous venue in Central Kentucky to the United States’ premier racing, gaming and entertainment company with a myriad of holdings, including:

  • Five racetracks;
  • Six casinos;
  • The country’s leading online wagering business, TwinSpires.com;
  • A video poker business
  • A multi-state network of off-track betting (OTB) facilities; and
  • A collection of racing-related data, totalisator and telecommunication companies that support CDI’s sports and gaming operations.

CDI now employs more than 5,000 people and maintains physical operations in eleven states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York,  Ohio, and Washington.

Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor for multiple restroom renovations.


Churchill Downs Exterior Improvements

Churchill Downs upgrades will improve traffic and parking flow for visitors. The project will add a pedestrian plaza and enlarged paddock entrance gate for bus riders and pedestrians.

Calhoun Construction serves as the Construction Manager. This project covers more than 2,000,000 sqft or 46 acres providing the construction of 3 new buildings, including a ticket office, a fire command center/security booth, and a new addition to the existing media building. A new media compound will be constructed to feature multiple truck hookup that will be used to broadcast live racing events. Some other construction features on this job site will include a 66” super interceptor and a large underground retention basin. Work is to be done in phases from November 2017 until the Kentucky Derby, and then from Kentucky Derby until the Breeders Cup in 2018.


Churchill Downs Gate 3

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the Construction Manager and General Contractor for the renovation of Gate 3. The Gate 3 renovation consisted of demolition of the existing gate structure, relocating the underground utilities, pour a new concrete slab at the new gate area, install removable fence panels that can configure as an entry gate, new concrete foundations for a new tent, vehicle bollards and new asphalt around the new gate area.


Churchill Downs Turf Club

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the Construction Manager and General Contractor for this Churchill Downs Turf Club renovation. The project included demolition and renovation of the third and fourth floor Turf Club, outdoor bar, 2 new express elevators to the Turf Club and new ultra exclusive speakeasy bar.


Churchill Downs 2nd Floor

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager for the 2017 2nd floor renovation project. This project included mass demolition and reconstruction of the second floor restaurant, food service areas, bars and off track betting area.


Churchill Downs Executive Office

Calhoun Construction Services is serving as the construction manager and general contractor on this renovation. The project includes demolition of 1/2 a floor of space in an occupied building, and the tenant fit-out of the space. The project happens over a tight 3 month time line from start to finish. The project has a new structural stair that connects floor 3 to floor 4, new IT pods for Churchill, along with new office, and conference rooms.


Churchill Downs Starting Gate Suites

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the Construction Manager and General Contractor for the expansion creating 36 new suites. The project included an addition of a new suite tower on top of the existing grandstand, new elevators, bars, and mutuels. The structure for the new tower is dropped through the grandstand and 2nd floor plaza. The project was completed while the track practiced every day and during three meets.


Churchill Downs Broadcast Room

Horse racing in Kentucky dates back to 1789, when the first race course was constructed in Lexington. Almost 100 years later, in 1875, Churchill Downs officially opened its gates in Louisville, and began its tradition as “Home of the Kentucky Derby” and the longest continually running sporting event in America.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the construction manager/general contractor for the Churchill Downs Broadcast Control Room . The project consisted of demolition of the existing space, mechanical, electrical and architectural revisions to accommodate the new control room. The new Broadcast Control room houses the equipment and crew to produce simultaneously the “Big Board” and Churchill Downs Simulcast shows, and provide camera and data signals to NBC and NBCSN for their production of the Kentucky Derby.