November 09, 2010
Four Cincy companies join casino construction team
The developers of the city’s first casino have preliminarily selected four Cincinnati companies to join the construction team for the $400 million private development. Rock Gaming LLC has chosen Cincinnati founded and based contractors Messer Construction Co., D.A.G. Construction Co. Inc., Jostin Construction and TriVersity Construction Group to manage the construction process of the new first class urban casino. The developers expect to break ground later this year and the downtown casino is projected to open in the second half of 2012.
"We continue our commitment to engage local Cincinnati‐area companies in every stage of the casino development to ensure that the project reflects the distinct character of the City while maximizing its economic impact on the community," said Steve Rosenthal, a Rock Gaming principal leading the construction of the Cincinnati project. "We are thrilled that the group of local contractors we are adding to our construction team brings a seasoned mix of Cincinnati heritage, as well as deep and strong experience and capacity to build a development of this size and complexity.”
In September, Rock Gaming named Cincinnati‐based KZF Design and WA Inc. as project architects, and Woolpert LLP as the project engineer. The Cincinnati casino will be built on 20 acres of undeveloped property on the downtown's northeast side known as Broadway Commons. The new development is expected to drive six million visits to downtown Cincinnati annually, while creating nearly 4,900 combined construction and permanent jobs.
Ohio voters approved the development of four new casinos state‐wide, including the downtown Cincinnati project, in a constitutional referendum last November.
Rock Gaming announced in August that it had selected Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. to manage its Ohio casino projects. The proposed relationship, which includes Harrah’s making a significant minority investment in the projects and serving as the day‐to‐day casino manager in both Cleveland and Cincinnati, is subject to completion of definitive agreements which is expected to occur during the fall of 2010.