Racino construction shows visible progress
A one-mile race track is laid out and steel beams are up on the approximately 100,000-square-foot clubhouse for the $125 million Mahoning Valley Race Course.
More than 190 acres of the site off of state Route 46 are being utilized for the construction.
“Getting the building enclosed is a key point,” said Randy Painter, project executive for Turner Construction Co. of Cleveland.
The construction process began months before the ground-breaking ceremony for the race course at the end of May. By the end of July, the footers for the foundation of the clubhouse building were poured. Now, the clubhouse building’s beams are in place featuring 879 tons of steel.
“We are getting ready to start our exterior wall,” Painter said, pointing to contractors’ race against the coming onslaught of winter.
There are four levels to the building, including lower-level seating, a main floor, a spectator level and the officials’ level.
The one-mile thoroughbred racetrack is nearly complete. Finishing the racetrack early on was essential to make sure there are no “soft” areas that need more work, Painter said. A retention pond was placed in the center of the track, which could be used to help water down the racetrack.
“In a thoroughbred racetrack like this, the curves and embankments have to be perfect,” Painter said.
In fact, GPS coordinates were actually given to make sure the track was precise, Painter said.
In addition to the track and clubhouse building, seven racing buildings and a dormitory building are scheduled to be constructed in the spring and summer. Michael Coates Construction of Niles will be working on the dormitory building and The Adolph Johnson and Son Co. of Mineral Ridge will construct the racing buildings.
Design continues for the 12 horse barns, though a company has yet to be selected to build them. Overall, there will be room for more than 880 horses.
“[Overall], the project is going very well,” Painter said.
Read more in Sunday’s Vindicator