Columbus Building Trades signs CBA for hotel expansion at casino

The Columbus/Central Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council and Penn Entertainment signed a Community Benefits Agreement today to construct a hotel next to the Hollywood Casino Columbus. 

The hotel will be connected to the casino by a walkway to allow visitors access to all the amenities. 

The 150,000-square-foot Hollywood Casino hotel will have 200 rooms including suites, a restaurant and bar, conference and meeting space, a fitness center and an outdoor seating terrace.  

Penn Entertainment President and CEO Jay Snowden said the Hollywood Casino Columbus is one of the company’s best-performing properties, with more than 1.5 million people visiting the casino in the last year.

Dorsey Hager, C/COBCTC Executive Secretary-Treasurer, said the $100 million project will create around 600 construction jobs.

About 400 affiliated members of the C/COBCTC constructed the $400 million Hollywood Casino Columbus in one year, which opened in October 2012.

“Having helped build the Hollywood Casino back in 2011, it is a pleasure to once again partner with the team at Penn Entertainment and Hollywood Casino on this expansion project,” Hager said. 

Members of the building trades will now have the opportunity to add to one of Central Ohio’s top entertainment venues, while also helping members of the community.

“Our Community Benefit Agreement will ensure this project is completed safely on time and on budget while utilizing a diverse local skilled workforce that reflects the community as it relates to people of color, women and veterans,” Hager said.

Per the CBA, local apprentices and members of the Building Futures Program will account for 15 percent of total work hours; a partnership with Helmets to Hardhats will help support the employment of veterans; and at least 20 percent of the project manhours will be completed by residents of Columbus or Franklin County.

“We look forward to the upcoming months and breaking ground on this beautiful new hotel, as well as this partnership we continue to hold with the Columbus/Central Building and Construction Trades Council,” said Rick Skinner, Vice President and General Manager of Hollywood Casino. 

Construction of the new hotel is expected to begin this fall.

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