Newport Racing & Gaming - Churchill Downs Incorporated

Newport, KY


  • Assignment: Construction Manager
  • Architect: R2Architects, LLC
  • Mechanical Engineer: MacIntosh Engineering
  • Structural Engineer: Poage Engineers & Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Vision Engineering


This 40,000 sf racing and gaming facility is part of an old strip mall and was partitioned into four separate storefronts that were combined into one facility. The facility features 500+ state-of-the-art historical race machines for a Vegas-style gaming experience. It includes a simulcast area for wagering on live horse races across the country and a full-service bar and kitchen.


  • This project won an Associated General Contractors Build Kentucky Award.
  • Messer used high-definition laser scanning to identify challenges to structural and geotechnical conditions and mitigate them before construction began, preventing negative impacts to the project schedule and cost.
  • Messer used Flow Scheduling on the project, dividing it into six manageable sections for faster completion, higher quality and a safer work environment. As a result, the project was completed one month early with zero incidents or injuries.
  • The project site was situated in the middle of an active shopping center. Messer coordinated construction to minimize disruption to neighboring businesses.

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