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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.


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.


Galt House Conservatory

The first Galt House Hotel opened in 1835 on Second and Main Streets by Colonel Ariss Throckmorton. The site had once been the home of Dr. W.C. Galt, noted physician and botanist of his day, who was friends with such distinguished men as John James Audubon, who mentions Dr. Galt in his journals, and Dr. Ephraim McDowell.

According to the New York Times, on Wednesday, January 11, 1865, the Galt House Hotel started burning and was “entirely in ruins” by 3:30 a.m. A warehouse on the eastern side was also destroyed. Two lives were lost, and the origin of the fire has been a mystery ever since.

The second Galt House Hotel was designed by architect Henry Whitestone at 1st and Main St, a block away from the original hotel. It cost $1.5 million (1869 dollars).

In the early 20th century, business and culture moved away from the riverfront to the Broadway district. As traffic on 1st and Main dwindled, so did hotel revenue, and the second Galt House Hotel closed in 1919. It was razed in 1921 to make way for the Belknap Hardware building.

By the early 1970’s, Louisville’s Waterfront had been all but abandoned. Local developer Mr. Al J. Schneider had a vision for a prosperous business district, starting with an expansive convention hotel right on the river. Mr. Schneider opened the Galt House Hotel – then only one tower – in 1972.

In 1984, Mr. Al J. Schneider opened the East Tower, giving the hotel its distinctive two-tower structure. The East Tower consists predominantly of suites, providing guests even more space and comfort than ever before.

In 2004, the Galt House Hotel replaced a simple walkway between the two towers with the magnificent 3rd Floor Conservatory. This steel and glass-enclosed lounge was modeled on the Crystal Palace build in the middle of Hyde Park, London in 1851 for the Great Exhibition. The Conservatory features Al J’s Lounge, name for founder Al J. Schneider, and Thelma’s Deli, named for Mr. Schneider’s wife. It also serves as a tribute to naturalist John James Audubon, friend of Dr. W.C. Galt.

Calhoun Construction served as the General Contractor to renovate the 8,000 sqft Conservatory Atrium Bar after an extensive renovation of the towers completed in 2020.


Churchill Downs Turn One Experience

Opening for The Kentucky Derby – 2023, Churchill Down’s new Turn One venue will change the footprint and increase the customer experience at one of our most storied National treasures.  Boasting a ground level 65,000 square foot club space and accommodating over 2,000 patrons, club guests will enjoy incredible track site lines along Turn One.   At almost one and a half football fields in length, club patrons have walk up access to the track rail adding to an already incredible experience.  Guests ascending the escalators to the upper concourse and view levels can join more than 5,000 of their best friends in the new covered stadium-style padded arena seating.  The new Turn One facility is designed to operate year-round and we are excited and fortunate to provide this build for Churchill Downs.


Embassy Suites at The University of Notre Dame

Being constructed directly across from the University of Notre Dame, this new full-service hotel offers visitor meeting space, a fitness center and additional rooftop terrace amenities. As the final build-out of the expansive Eddy Street Commons mixed-use area, Embassy Suites is located in a confined, urban environment surrounded by alleys and streets on all sides.  Opening July of 2018, Embassy Suites brings much-needed lodging options to a growing area.

Calhoun Construction served as a Trade Contractor self-performing metal stud and drywall assistance to the Construction Manager.


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 added a pedestrian plaza and enlarged paddock entrance gate for bus riders and pedestrians.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager. This project covered 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 was constructed to feature multiple truck hookup that will be used to broadcast live racing events. Some other construction features on this job site included a 66” super interceptor and a large underground retention basin. Work was done in phases from November 2017 until the Kentucky Derby, and then from Kentucky Derby until the Breeders Cup in 2018.


TRU by Hilton

Say hello to a brand-new hotel experience from Hilton that’s vibrant, affordable and young-at-heart. It’s energetic, yet relaxing and comfortable. It’s familiar, and it’s also unexpected. It’s completely unprecedented, it’s uniquely Ttu.

Calhoun Construction acted as the General Contractor on the construction of the 4-story, Tru by Hilton across from the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. The hotel consists of 98 rooms, along with a full-service kitchen and exercise room.

 


Kentucky International Convention Center

Under the Kentucky Venues brand, two major convention and exhibition facilities – the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center – serve regional, national and international clients. Governed by the Kentucky State Fair Board, Kentucky Venues also produces signature events: the Kentucky State Fair, World’s Championship Horse Show, National Farm Machinery Show, Championship Tractor Pull, North American International Livestock Exposition, North American Championship Rodeo, and All-In Hoopfest. From agriculture to technology, autos to entertainment, and athletics to livestock, Kentucky Venues has the facility, capacity and services to make your event a success.

In May of 2014, it was announced that a bill had been signed into law to advance the renovation and expansion of the Kentucky International Convention Center. The renovation design was unveiled in fall of 2015 and construction began in August of 2016.

The design improved navigation and pedestrian flow and enhanced the exterior of the building with a clean, glass façade for maximum transparency. Meeting rooms were upgraded and expanded; entrances were clearly marked. The Kentucky International Convention Center holds the distinction of being a LEED Silver certified facility. The project included the exhibit space increasing from 146,000 SQ FT to more than 200,000 SQ FT, all within existing footprint, column-free exhibit space and a new 40,000 SF ballroom.

Calhoun Construction served as a Trade Contractor, self-performing all of the metal-stud framing and drywall on the lower level of the facility.