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Derby City Gaming Hotel

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced a $76 million expansion at Derby City Gaming in July 2021 that includes construction of a hotel, additional gaming positions and expansion of the current amenities at the facility in order to better serve and attract guests.

The project will add 135,000 sq. ft. of new space to the facility and open with 200 additional gaming positions. The new space will be able to ultimately accommodate up to 400 new gaming positions. The expansion will include a VIP gaming space, a new sports bar, a stage for live entertainment and an upscale-casual restaurant and bar to create a variety of new food and beverage options for gaming and hotel guests throughout the entire day. The adjoining five-story hotel tower will include 123 rooms with 108 standard guest rooms, 14 corner suites and a VIP suite. The Derby City Gaming hotel will allow for guests to take advantage of unique hospitality and Kentucky Derby ticket pairing options.

“Derby City Gaming continues to exceed the Company’s expectations,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “The expansion of this premier gaming property is intended to create an elevated experience for our guests that is inclusive of all their hospitality needs and is anticipated to fuel ongoing growth in purse contributions for Churchill Downs Racetrack.”

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in early 2022 pending rezoning review and approval by the City of Louisville. The expanded gaming floor is targeted to open in late 2022 and the hotel is expected to open in the spring of 2023. The project is expected to provide for approximately 400 construction jobs and approximately 60 new permanent jobs at Derby City Gaming.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager.  The Derby City Gaming Expansion and Hotel is a complete new addition to the existing Derby City Gaming. The new first floor expansion will include hundreds of new games, a new sports bar equipped with a stage for entertainment, a new high end full service restaurant, and a new bar in the Hotel Lobby that features a massive liquor display. The Hotel features a total of (4) floors of guest rooms. Each floor contains large corner suites for added guest experience, and there will also be a newly featured presidential suite with high end finishes.

University of Louisville Ralph R Wright Natatorium

The University of Louisville broke ground on the Ralph Wright Natatorium on the Belknap Campus Oct. 15, 2003 as donors, student government members, university administrators, athletic department officials and student-athletes looked on, and the Cardinal swimming and diving program officially opened the facility on Sept. 20, 2005.

The Natatorium not only serves as the men’s and women’s swimming and diving venue but is designed as a site which also benefits the U of L student body’s use for recreation, fitness and instruction. From the youngest Age-Group swimmers to Master’s Swimming events, the architects crafted a multipurpose facility that encompasses NCAA competition as well as United States Swimming events and high school meets. Designed with various competitive levels in mind and maximum usage, the Natatorium will open a state-of-the-art swim facility for a community whose swimming tradition has produced the likes of Mary T. Meagher and some of the world’s fastest swimmers.

The Ralph Wright Natatorium features an eight-lane, 50-meter competition pool with a depth ranging from 4 feet 6 inches to 18 feet. Movable bulkheads enables the pool to be divided into two 25-meter or 25-yard competition-ready areas. The deep end features two 1-meter boards, two 3-meter boards and a tower with diving platforms at 5-, 7.5- and 10-meters.

The 41,000 square foot facility accomodates up to 800 spectators and athletes. It includes office space, a large meeting/hospitality room and separate locker rooms for the public and for team members.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager for several updates and repairs needed on the pool.

Dream Hotel

This new construction (with preserved historical renovations), scheduled to be completed by 2025, is currently in the pre-construction phase. The building includes the facades of seven existing historical buildings and careful, selective demolition to preserve the aesthetics and structural integrity of these buildings on Whiskey Row.

Right now, construction is being completed on a model hotel room, including all fixtures and finishes so the owner can see and approve all visual and functional components in real time. Calhoun has budgeted at schematic; currently the project is at a design development level and out for pricing.

Once completed, Dream Louisville will be a destination location for luxury stays.

Primrose School Old Henry Crossing

Primrose Schools® is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families. The Franchise Owners, Leadership Teams and School Staff partner with parents to help build the right foundation for future learning and in life.

Calhoun Construction Services served as the Construction Manager and General Contractor for the 2nd Louisville location for Primrose schools.  The location on Bush Farm Road consists of 12,273 sqft accommodating infant daycare through Kindergarten.  The new location included a playground, classrooms, kitchen, cafeteria and offices.


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.

Derby City Gaming

Louisville Downs was a harness track that ran for about twenty five years.

Louisville Downs was the innovator of every promotional gimmick and multiple wagering format in Kentucky. When it closed in 1991 it was bought by Churchill Downs and was converted to a winter training facility for thoroughbreds.

Louisville Downs was the first track in Kentucky to provide phone wagering and full card simulcast wagering.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager/General Contractor for Derby City Gaming. This project consisted of an 85,000 sqft facility off Poplar Level Road to accommodate a new form of wagering for the historic racetrack. The facility houses two quick-service, walk-up food venues, and a bar with seating for 50 as well as big screen televisions. It also has 900 historical racing machines and a player’s club reward center that offers special perks and benefits, including an exclusive parking area.