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Scioto Downs Casino and Racetrack

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Heather West, Heather West Public Relations

Project Name

Scioto Downs Casino and Racetrack

Project Status


Year Completed



117,000 sq. feet

Construction Cost



MTR Gaming Group, Inc.





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Project Description

Part of the winning team in the race to open Scioto Downs, Chicago Metallic® Corporation provided metal ceiling system for the first “racino” of its kind in Ohio.

For more than 50 years, the Scioto Downs facility in Columbus, Ohio has showcased the thrill of harness horse racing. The new 117,000-square-foot facility ushered in a new era of gaming in Ohio. Scioto Downs is the first of Ohio’s racetracks to include video lottery terminals (VLTs).

Owned by MTR Gaming Group, Inc., the 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.

Throughout the large, newly constructed facility, Chicago Metallic’s 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 Magna T-Cell system’s open cell design masks the vast stretch of ceiling with staggered elevations, while complementing the gaming area’s interior finishes.

“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. “We created two different custom cell patterns. We also used layering, overlapping these custom-patterned cell unit modules, to add to the visual interest. We chose a warm, creamy color that matches the finishes throughout the interior.”
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