Seven Springs Mountain Resorts Unveils Design - Monday 3rd of April 2006
CHAMPION, Pennsylvania – Officials from Seven SpringsMountain Resort today unveiled the exterior design of a planned $5.4 millioncasino that would create approximately 350 new jobs for local citizens andgenerate millions in property tax relief for Pennsylvania homeowners. Theevent was also attended by local, county and state officials, businesscommunity leaders and private residents.
"We're excited to build a facility that will benefit so many people in ourregion," said Scott Bender, president and chief operating officer of SevenSprings. "Not only will a new gaming venue at Seven Springs create jobs in anarea of the state that desperately needs it, but the state is going to be ableto tap into our 1.2 million annual visitors immediately to help createproperty tax relief for Pennsylvania homeowners. Significant revenues willalso go to local and county governments. We look forward to making our caseto the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for a Category 3 license."
"Seven Springs has been rated the top ski resort in the mid-Atlantic, andthe gaming facility will only enhance that reputation," said Ron Aldom,executive director, Somerset County Chamber of Commerce. "That can onlybenefit our local businesses, economy and create more family-sustaining jobs.This is a good day for our region."
"We're excited and we look forward to working with Seven Springs inattracting more visitors to the region. It will add yet another amenity forvisitors to enjoy while in the Laurel Highlands," Annie Urban, executivedirector of the Laurel Highland Visitors Bureau, said. "This facility is gongto help our region grow."
The proposed 26,900 square-foot gaming facility will be constructed ontothe Conference Center wing of the Main Lodge complex and will allow forconvenient access for both drive-in and overnight guests. The octagon-shapedbuilding will have a rustic architectural style and construction treatmentsutilizing native stone, exposed timbers with wood and glass exteriors designedto complement all existing resort facilities and landscapes. Approximately15,000 square feet will be necessary for the 500 slot machines. Of this, 1,900square feet will be utilized for a dining and seating area. There will also bea bar and lounge area in the center of the gaming floor."It was important to us that the design fit nicely into the mountain themethat our visitors have come to enjoy and appreciate as being unique to SevenSprings," Bender said. "Our guests will not see something flashy and filledwith neon. It's important to us to preserve the mountain character of theresort and the family-first atmosphere we have always enjoyed."
Since the casino will be connected to the Conference Center wing off theMain Lodge, visitors will not find it necessary to walk past slot machines inorder to get to their rooms, the dining areas or the slopes. In keeping withthe resort's long-standing commitment to safety, a state-of-the-art securitysystem will be in place at the facility to ensure that our guests feel securewhen visiting the resort.
"Seven Springs has always invested heavily in the security for ourguests," Bender said. "We will spare no expense in making sure our visitorsenjoy their experience."
State law created two Category 3 licenses for resorts and allows for 500slot machines by far, the smallest of any category in the state. Forexample, Category 1 and 2 licenses will allow horse racing tracks and standalone parlors to add up to 5,000 slot machines.
If Seven Springs is successful in their bid for a license, slots revenueswill also help expedite several improvement projects at the resort, including:
- Construction of the first outdoor phase of a 2.5-acre water park, to be located in front of the high-rise hotel at the base of the slopes. While many details are still in development, plans include a lazy river, a zero-entry pool, several chutes and slides, children's and refreshment areas, a place for simply relaxing poolside and nightly water fountain shows.
- Each of the 400 rooms in the resort's 10-story high-rise hotel will be renovated during a $4 million overhaul. Enhancing the Seven Springs experience, the lodge is also scheduled to receive an extensive makeover with improvements to many public spaces, including the addition of a day spa and comprehensive fitness center.
- Continued automation of the resort's snow making system, the addition of another six-seat high speed chairlift on the North Face, and expanding ski terrain to include the Great Western area.
"During peak ski season, Seven Springs fills every hotel in SomersetCounty and many hotels in Fayette and Westmoreland counties," Bender said."With the first-class water park we hope to introduce this summer, SevenSprings is giving people another reason to come year-round.
"Seven Springs also has become a major convention center, hosting nearly1,000 conferences and meetings each year. A gaming license will enable SevenSprings to continue to compete with out-of-state gaming venues that areexpanding their facilities to include convention space and lodging. In doingso, the state will be helping to protect the 1,500 jobs Seven Springs provideseach year."
The firm responsible for designing the Seven Springs gaming facility isJCJ Architecture, Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut. JCJ is a 70-year old firmwith 180 design professionals that specialize in architecture, interiors,master planning and economic development. They have performed approximately$5 billion in gaming design work throughout the world working, includingFoxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, Seneca Niagara Casino and Spa Hotel inupstate New York, Viajas Casino & Turf Club in California and Seven HillsBeach and Resort Casino, U.S. Virgin Islands.
"We've put together a first-rate team that has considerable experience indesigning casinos that are visually attractive and fun for visitors," Bendersaid.
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Champion, Pa., is Pennsylvania'slargest ski and year-round resort, and was recently rated #1 in the mid-Atlantic region by readers of SKI magazine. Located within 200 miles of themajor metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh andWashington D.C., Seven Springs is easily accessible from either exit 91 or 110of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
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