|Sam Houston Race Park Begins Roof Replacement
on January 22
Sam Houston Race Park will begin repairs to
the roof of the grandstand building, as well as additional construction
to rebuild portions of the stable and track areas, weather permitting,
beginning Thursday, January 22, 2009.
The roof replacement, the largest and most complicated portion of the
rebuilding project, will utilize a crane assist in the removal of the
existing damaged roof, replace all insulation and reinstall new sections
of metal roofing back on the building. The roof, which weighs roughly
130,000 lbs, will require approximately 12 weeks time in order to completely
renovate. The Park will recycle the damaged roof sections with local scrap
metal giant C&D Scrap Metal Recyclers, Inc. Access to the grandstands
during construction is prohibited.
As a result of Hurricane Ike, The Park was forced to relocate the 2008/2009
Thoroughbred meet due to damages sustained by the facility. In addition,
The Park relocated simulcast operations to the Pavilion Centre to ensure
the safety of patrons during the construction period. The storm’s
high winds and rainfall caused significant damage throughout the property
including the facility’s Grandstands, stable areas and the large
infield tote board.
The Park has retained Linbeck to oversee the construction project.
“We are ready to move forward with rebuilding our facility,”
stated Andrea Young, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sam Houston
Race Park. “We have partnered with one of Houston’s best firms,
Linbeck, and have every confidence that the project will run smoothly
and efficiently so we can open with a bigger and better facility this
Linbeck Vice President John Go stated, “We have been helping The
Park develop and grow for more than 14 years now and we are excited to
work with old friends.”
Once the roof repairs are complete, The Park will install new drywall,
paint, carpet, ceiling tiles and Silestone countertops throughout the
building, including on the suite and club levels, as well as in The Park’s
private membership club, the Jockey Club.
In addition, The Park will replace the current infield tote board with
a state-of-the-art LED video screen score board which will greatly enhance
the live racing experience, offering patrons continuous viewing of races
in real time as well as provide additional opportunities for replays and
visual programming for live racing and concert events. The new tote board
system is expected to be in place by the start of the live racing season.
The Park will begin construction to the stable area, including rebuilding
approximately 115 dorm and tack rooms, along with repairs to areas of
the barns that were damaged as a result of the high winds and rain, later
The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park (www.theshowgrounds.com)
will open the 2009 concert season with alternative rock act Fall Out Boy
and the “Believers Never Die Part Deux” Tour on Saturday,
April 18, 2009. The tour will also feature performances from Cobra Starship,
All Time Low, Metro Station and Hey Monday.
The Park will re-open for live racing events on May 1, 2009, for the
16th American Quarter Horse meet. The next day, The Park will host its
annual Kentucky Derby festivities and a concert event at The Showgrounds.