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Hamburg Casino, Hamburg, N.Y.

Once known as the Fairgrounds Casino, the Hamburg Casino is the new crown jewel of the huge 275,000- acre Erie County Fairgrounds complex that includes the Buffalo Raceway horse track, an expo hall, four parks, campgrounds and an event center. The 66,000-square-foot, two-story facility features Varco Pruden's Continuous Beam framing system with two interior columns for the main gaming area, and a leanto on the backside for the equipment and mechanical room. Included in the building is a 10,000-square-foot mezzanine that houses administrative offices. The mezzanine incorporates mezzanine beams, bar joists and decking from Varco Pruden.

The large entertainment center features three restaurants, 940 slot machines and 50 TVs for local sports events. Holding the entire complex together are a Metl-Span CFR roofing system and a Metl-Span CF Mesa wall system. Rigid fire codes necessitated the use of a Metl-Span ThermalSafe wall system that is 4 inches thick and 42 inches wide and has a one-hour fire rating.

The whole design allows one space to flow into another, as the casino is 50 feet from the expo center and connected by a breezeway. The entranceway welcomes visitors with a porte cochere embellished with an 18-foot frosted glass pyramid.

hamburg_casinoBuilder: Tedesco Construction Services Inc., Lewiston, N.Y.
Architect: BHNT Architects, Buffalo, N.Y.
Metal building system: Varco Pruden Buildings, Memphis, Tenn., www.vp.com, Circle
Metal roof and wall panels: Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas, www.metl-span.com