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Project: Casino At Ocean Downs

Project Details

  • Client: Ocean Enterprises 589 c/o William Rickman Company
  • Project Size & Type: Building Renovation & Use Conversion
  • Address: 15215 Shady Grove Road
    Rockville, MD 20850
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Project Description

Size & Type of Project – Building Renovation & Use Conversion

This project consisted of the conversion of an existing horse track grand stand into a new state-of-the-art casino at the Ocean Downs Racetrack near Ocean City, Maryland. The existing grand stand was steel framed with open sides. The new casino is totally enclosed with new mezzanine steel framing and consists of approximately 34,000 gross framed square feet.

From a structural perspective, the work required strengthening existing steel framing members to withstand new wind loading, enlarging and strengthening existing foundations, and designing new interior & exterior walls, foundations and mezzanine & port cochere superstructure framing. Problems encountered and successfully overcome included removal of asbestos and repair of deteriorated steel framing.

Design work began in autumn 2008. Construction began in spring 2009 and was completed on January 4, 2011. The construction cost was $10 Million of which $1.3 Million was for structural framing.

MCE Scope of Services

Meyer Consulting Engineers was retained as the Structural Engineer of Record at the inception of the project. Our first task was to evaluate the suitability of the existing open air grandstand framing for conversion to an enclosed building. This study indicated that existing structural steel columns and foundations would need to be reinforced to compensate for the new building’s changed loading characteristics. Once the upgrades for existing construction were designed, we proceeded to design the new exterior and exterior walls, the new mezzanine, new foundations and new port cochere required for the new facility. Construction phase services included administration of the contract including shop drawing reviews, site visits to observe the progress of the work and responses for changed conditions.

Key MCE personnel included Michael A. Moran, III, P.E. (Principal Quality Control Engineer), Lawrence S. Nagielski, P.E. (Principal Structural Engineer/Production), and Arvind Parikh, P.E. (Senior Project Structural Engineer).