Lee Company Completes Kentucky Downs’ Gaming Hall Expansion

Kentucky Downs’ Gaming Hall Expansion - Lee Company

Racing against time: the expansion was completed on time despite a pandemic, shortened schedule, and major delay

The Mint Gaming Hall expansion began as a sure bet. In early 2020, Kentucky Downs hoped to generate more revenue by expanding its popular facility by 29,000 square feet. Located just forty miles outside of Nashville and situated on racetrack grounds, the gaming hall offers historical horse racing slot machines, unique to the region. The larger facility would provide space for 600 more machines, a large multimedia center bar, an adjacent entertainment stage, new dining options and a new high-limit betting area. The owner planned to debut the expansion in September to coincide with the track’s annual live thoroughbred meet, which offers multimillion-dollar purses and attracts lots of spectators.

Two of our competitive advantages were our sophisticated virtual construction team and our in-house manufacturing facility. Once, again, our teamwork proved to be invaluable. Our virtual construction team’s ability to model and detail the immense ductwork project in a virtual world allowed the pros to identify and correct potential conflicts before actual construction began. Their detailed, accurate model went to our manufacturing facility, where virtual became reality.

We modeled, fabricated, and installed 50,000 pounds of sheet metal ductwork and $3 million worth of electrical systems in five months, delivering the massive project on schedule and on budget. With our award winning team, the facility’s opening, as originally planned, was a sure bet!

Kentucky Downs received the 2021 Award of Merit from the Greater Tennessee Associated Builders and Contractors chapter, the 2021 Award of Excellence from the Kentucky/Indiana Associated Builders and Contractors chapter, and the 2021 Award of Excellence from the North Alabama Associated Builders and Contractors chapter.

P.S. Kentucky Downs was one of 6 Lee Company projects honored with a 2021 ABC award – and several of those projects received multiple awards! Altogether, Lee Company took home 12 ABC awards this year. That’s incredible. We greatly appreciate this industry recognition of our dedicated professionals and their work. Thanks to our team and customers. We couldn’t do it without you!