Owner: Downs Lodging, LLC
Location: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Architect: JCJ Architecture
The Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Hotel and Event Center is located in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania in the Pocono Mountains. This Hotel and The Event Center which connects to the existing casino Mohegan Sun, with an operational race track, horse barns and stables, and quarters for the jockeys & staff.
The hotel is 151,707 square feet and the event center is 37,936 square feet. In the hotel there are seven floors with a total of 158 rooms / suites. Topping the seven floors is a triangular skylight at the main entry. There is a cafe area and a swimming pool. In the Event Center there is a large meeting area which can be modified to six meeting rooms utilizing operable partitions. The hotel is constructed of metal stud penalized systems, with metal deck and concrete slab on a pan. While the event center is a pre-engineered metal building. The exterior is construction of EIFS and metal wall panels. The interior finishes throughout consists of carpet, tile, paint and vinyl wall covering. The main lobby contains terrazzo, decorative features for the “trees” at columns, woodwork, and a range of art features.
The following photographs are progress photos. And there is an operational webcam to view “live” progress of the project.
Progress Photos April 2013
WILKES- BARRE, PA (April 18, 2013) – During a press conference this morning, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ President Mike Bean marked a major milestone in the Project Sunlight construction plan as executives from Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Mohegan Tribal officials and members of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA) celebrated the topping off of the Hotel and Convention Center. This topping off ceremony, as it is officially known, marks the end of the steel construction. Workers have already made progress on enclosing the complex which is slated to open this fall.
Bean also announced plans to add a Spa & Salon to the seven-story hotel. Spa Sapphire, which is privately owned and operated, will encompass more than 4,000 square feet of unsurpassed five-star services and endless luxury.
“I would like to thank all the men and women who have dedicated countless hours of hard work and commitment to this project and have made this all possible,” said Mike Bean, President of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. “Today’s announcement and topping off ceremony are just some of the many milestones Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will have this year including the opening of Project Sunlight this fall.”
Under clear skies, a crowd of eager guests watched as a spruce pine tree was hoisted more than 80 feet into the air before resting on the top of the new Hotel and Convention Center. This tradition, which is often done with an evergreen or a tree native to the local region, is a gesture of goodwill.