Scioto Downs Casino wins big - Case Study

May 23, 2017

Scioto Downs Casino Wins Big
For more than 50 years, the Scioto Downs facility in Columbus, Ohio has showcased the thrill of harness horse racing. Today, the excitement outdoors echoes inside – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – with simulcast races from across the country, live entertainment, a choice of dining
experiences, and now, a new “racino.” 

Owned by MTR Gaming Group, Inc., the new 117,000-square-foot gaming center’s estimated cost totaled more than $150 million and was built on a rapid, two-part schedule. The doors opened on June 1, 2012, just six months after the start of construction. The second phase was completed two months later in August. The facility ushered in a new era of gaming in Ohio. Scioto Downs as the first of Ohio’s racetracks to include video lottery terminals (VLTs).

Throughout the large, newly constructed facility, ceiling systems helps focus the visitors’ attention on the fun and not on the building systems and components that make the casino run smoothly. High above the games and players, the Rockfon Magna T-Cell ceiling system’s open cell design masks the vast stretch of ceiling with staggered elevations, while complementing the gaming area’s interior finishes. To ensure the Magna T-Cell system met the building team’s criteria, ROCKFON’s team worked with its distributor, United Building Materials, to provide a mock-up. SOSH Architects and Tandem Las Vegas approved the mock-up and Gilbane Building Company approved Valley Interior Systems as the installing contractor. In total, Valley Interior Systems installed 50,300 square feet of Magna T-Cell systems.

Visual Variety
“There is nothing typical about this building,” emphasizes Paulynn Aguilar interior designer and project manager at Tandem Las Vegas. Tandem specializes in hospitality and gaming interior design and partnered with Scioto Downs’ architect-of-record SOSH Architects.

“With 28 feet of ceiling height, we needed to create a more intimate experience for the gaming customers, while concealing the ductwork, pipes and electrical wiring,” Aguilar continues. “We’re from Vegas and have done a lot of these projects. With such a large volume of space to work with, you don’t want just a flat ceiling and we were tired of seeing the same, standard grid systems of repeating
2-by-2 squares. We wanted to see something different, something customized.”

She says, “We created two different custom cell patterns. The concept is based on a window pattern of larger and smaller openings. It’s almost like a brick pattern. We also used layering, overlapping these custom-patterned cell unit modules, to add to the visual interest. With most ceiling systems you to pick standard finishes in white, black or some basic, neutral color. We chose a warm, creamy color that
matches the finishes throughout the interior.”

“We were able to match the color scheme really well by finishing the Magna T-Cell in a custom tan color. Although it’s high in the air, you can still see that it matches the walls and décor. The ceiling system is installed at different levels, almost like clouds, to break up the sizeable, uniform space,” describes Jeremy Perchinsky, ROCKFON’s sales representative. “Because it’s an open cell system, you can see through it, so the plumbing and electrical systems above it are painted black.”

Complementing the ceiling’s tan tone and accentuating the vibrancy at eye level, Tandem also selected bright colors reminiscent of racing flags and jockeys’ uniforms. Aguliar elaborates, “Bright colors also help hide wear and tear, which is one reason they work well for
carpets. We took our cues from Scioto Downs’ racetrack facilities’ American mid-century architectural style, which is very geometric and angular. We incorporated the existing chevron style of the roof into the gaming area’s carpet. The carpet also provides some acoustic absorption, but in a casino, you want to hear noise and excitement.” For this reason, she explains, sound control was not a
performance requirement for the ceiling...

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