November 16, 2016
Rivers Casino & Resort will open in Schenectady, New York on February 8, just one year and five days from the project’s groundbreaking ceremony and 13 months from the approval of its license. The casino’s fast development timeline could make it the first newly built, state-sanctioned casino to open in New York. It is the first to announce a grand opening date.
Officials including Greg Carlin of Rush Street Gaming, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, and Rivers Casino General Manager Mary Cheeks gathered to unveil the opening date on an LED sign at the casino entrance and to thank construction partners and local trades for their efforts. DMA is pleased to be part of the team leading completion of the $330 million entertainment facility, developed to be LEED-certified. In addition to gaming, Rivers Casino & Resort will feature varied dining options, an attached 165-room hotel, a 10,000-square-foot banquet facility, and riverfront views and access.
October 16, 2016
Marking the completion of a building rehabilitation project, a helicopter lifted the new rooftop unit into place at 60 E Walton in Chicago. A long-time DMA client purchased the building in 2015 and sought to transform the aging four-story structure into a two-story space that would accommodate new retail and restaurant uses. DMA provided project management oversight of the demolition of four floors of existing construction and the installation of a new structural steel frame, second floor, and roof—all while maintaining adjacent neighbor walls. The new building shell, including upgraded utilities and mechanical equipment, is well positioned on Chicago’s burgeoning Walton and Rush Street corridor, adjacent to 900 North Michigan and at the doorstep of the Magnificent Mile.
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September 8, 2016
An entire construction management class from New York’s Utica College visited the site of Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor for a firsthand perspective on project delivery. Team members from DMA and contractor Norwood-LeChase provided an overview of the project and shared a detailed look at specific processes and delivery methods. The presentation included a look at contractor RFP and selection processes, scheduling techniques, subcontractor project management, and project challenges ranging from logistics to tight deadlines. Presenters emphasized the importance of a team approach to successful delivery. Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor continues to take shape along the riverfront in Schenectady, New York and is on schedule to open in early 2017.
August 16, 2016
Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor continues to take shape along the riverfront in Schenectady, New York. The casino is on schedule to open in early 2017, bringing 1,200 new jobs to the area and featuring a 51,000-square-foot gaming floor, an entertainment lounge, a marketplace, a day spa, a steakhouse and one of the largest event spaces in the capital region. Rush Street Gaming is now taking applications for casino staff.
June 20, 2016
A new social entertainment venue blending ping pong, food and drinks debuted in June in Chicago at the corner of Clark Street and Wacker Drive. The three-level, mostly subterranean space occupies 14,749 square feet and can hold up to 550 people at a time for ping-pong matches, specialty bar food and drinks, or restaurant dining. AceBounce is the first US location for UK-based Bounce Leisure Ltd, which launched the concept in London in 2012. DMA provided project management, retail tenant delivery and accounting services supporting the transformation of the AceBounce space and is involved with the client’s future projects in other major US markets. Chicago and UK-based artists created the artwork adorning the interior of AceBounce. The project team included contractor Crane Construction, architect JSA, and designer Russell Sage Studio. DMA is proud of their contributions to bring this innovative tenant to the market and we look forward to AceBounce’s success!
The Shoppes at Grand Prairie earned first place in the shopping center category in a Peoria Journal Star “people’s choice awards.” dma | property has served as general manager for this Illinois shopping destination for more than six years. We’re proud of the center’s positive reputation in the Peoria area and pleased to see it recognized among the Journal Star’s 2016 “Best of the Best.”
April 18, 2016
Construction progress on Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor hit a new milestone with the placement of the structure’s last steel beam, celebrated at a “topping out” event attended by Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Mary Cheeks of Rush Street Gaming, Dave Buick of the Galesi Group, other city officials and members of the development and construction management teams. The event took place just 20 weeks after construction began and marks the official handoff of work from the structural steel trades to the finish trades. An evergreen and an American flag on top of the final beam—part of the topping out tradition—represent continued project growth, a safe work environment and good luck for future occupants of the building.
DMA is providing ongoing project management oversight, on behalf of Rush Street Gaming, in collaboration with construction manager Norwood-LeChase. To date, the project has involved:
Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor is slated to open in the first quarter of 2017 and feature a 51,000-square-foot gaming floor, a marketplace, a steakhouse, a sports and entertainment lounge, two bars, a spa, an event space and exterior terraces with views of the Mohawk River. An attached 163-key hotel will open in summer 2017.
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'Topping off' ceremony completes casino framework
Rivers Casino and Resort at Mohawk Harbor began taking shape in steel this week on a 60-acre site in Schenectady, New York. In Shaftsbury, Vermont, at the plant facility of Daily Concrete, DMA’s Charles Porter and Adrian Hogg met with Joe Scibetta of Rush Street Gaming and team members from project architects KJW and Walker to review full-sized architectural precast mock-ups of the highly detailed façade planned for the casino’s structured parking garage.
DMA worked closely with Rush Street Gaming to create a site plan for the casino that won city plan commission approval in July 2015 and to secure a license from the state gaming commission, awarded in December. The casino is scheduled to open in one year, with DMA providing ongoing project management oversight in collaboration with construction manager Norwood-LeChase.
dma|property’s Jason McKee is the newly elected president of BOMA Peoria, in Illinois. Members of BOMA Peoria, part of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, recently voted in Jason McKee as president. Jason is an operations manager for dma|property with primary responsibility for The Shoppes at Grand Prairie, in Peoria, Illinois and The Shoppes at College Hills, in Normal. BOMA International works to advance the interests of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. In his volunteer role with BOMA Peoria, Jason will advocate for the greater Peoria area and help the local business community and association membership build and expand positive connections.
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