– Shawmut is pleased to announce that Santa Anita Park has been awarded the 2015 Commercial Real Estate Gold Award in the hospitality category by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The Santa Anita Park project was a $15 million renovation completed in just thirteen weeks – an extremely accelerated schedule considering the scope of the project.

Working in tandem with visionary design firm AvroKO, Shawmut updated the lighting and installed state-of-the-art A/V systems in many of the track’s public and VIP interior facilities in order to enhance the indoor enjoyment of horse racing. The Chandelier Room underwent the most significant transformation, with an added exterior balcony to the top of the two existing staircases, allowing natural light and a stunning view of the mountain range to illuminate the space. The Chandelier Room is now complete with a second exterior balcony overlooking the path from the paddock to the tunnel. The Shawmut team accented the room’s new look by refurbishing the signature 1930s chandeliers and updating all interior finishes.

Keeping with the goal of revitalizing the historic racetrack’s ambiance, the Shawmut team spent significant time renovating the 22,500 square-foot inner mezzanines, completely gutting the area, refurbishing the concessions and installing an all new upscale betting area, complete with a 350-foot betting counter and horseshoe bar.

“The completion of such a comprehensive and high-profile project in such a short period of time is a testament to the expertise and efficiency of our Los Angeles team,” said Les Hiscoe, COO of Shawmut Design and Construction. “I am extremely proud of our team and look forward to Santa Anita Park opening their beautiful new space up to patrons at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships.”

The Santa Anita Park renovations have transformed the venue into an entirely new fan experience and Shawmut is honored to accept the 2015 Commercial Real Estate Award for Hospitality.

PHOTO: Aeries Development Principal Billy Lehman and Shawmut Project Executive Walt Carucci (center) along with LABJ representatives.