SugarHouse Casino’s Topping Off Marks Expansion Milestone
PHILADELPHIA — August 13, 2015 — SugarHouse Casino is now one beam closer to finishing a $164 million expansion on its Delaware Avenue property. To commemorate this milestone, casino executives today hosted a “Topping-Off Ceremony” to celebrate the placement of the final beam of the expansion atop the new structure. Scheduled to open by year-end 2015, the expansion will bring 500 new, full-time jobs, a larger gaming facility, several restaurants and multipurpose event center.
During the Aug. 13 ceremony, the last beam was placed atop the lantern, a rooftop architectural element. The lantern marks the highest elevation point of the expanded casino building. An evergreen tree was attached to that final beam and raised along with an American flag and a banner signed by SugarHouse Team Members. A long-standing construction tradition, the placement of the tree symbolizes a safe construction site during the building process.
Those celebrating the topping off included Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming and Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino. Remarks were also given by State Senator Larry Farnese, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla, and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia Alan Greenberger. Rich Levins, vice chairman of the Penn Treaty Special Services District, which recently received a $1 million annual pledge from SugarHouse Casino, was also on hand to mark this milestone.
“This winning moment has been five years in the making. We are thrilled to meet and celebrate this milestone today and grateful to all those who have worked so hard to make it happen. We can’t wait to unveil our new facility. SugarHouse will be a phenomenal entertainment destination,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino.
The $164 million SugarHouse expansion, designed by Cope Linder Architects; with construction management by Skanska USA Building, Inc.; and development management by Keating Consulting, LLC., continues and is on track for a 2015 year-end opening.
Upon completion, 500 new, full-time jobs will be added to SugarHouse’s current 1,100-member team, which has voted the casino a top place to work in Philly eight separate times since its grand opening in September 2010.
The expansion increases SugarHouse’s 108,000 square-foot facility to approximately 260,000 square feet, not including the new seven-story parking garage of roughly 600,000 square feet, which will offer 1,500 spaces, increasing the total parking to 2,440 spaces. The larger gaming areas will include 44 additional table games, 289 new slots and a 28-table poker room, as well as a multipurpose event center and various entertainment possibilities.
ABOUT SUGARHOUSE CASINO
SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philly’s casino, features 1,606 slots, up to 83 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,100 people, and for four consecutive years has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Philadelphia Business Journal, and a “Top Workplace” from Philly.com four years in a row. For more information, visit www.sugarhousecasino.com.
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