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Casino’s Curves Incorporate Metal Tracks

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To achieve the elaborate curves that give the Cherokee Hotel and Casino its style, contractors depended on


More than 11,000 linear ft. of Flex-C Trac from Flex-Ability Concepts, Edmond, OK, was used to create intricate curves and radii at the Cherokee Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, OK. The hotel includes 80,000 sq. ft. of gaming space and was finished in August 2004. The striking interior design features traditional Cherokee symbols while incorporating the art deco style for which Tulsa is famous.

Metal tracks from Flex-Ability Concepts provided the framework for the hotel and casino’s elaborate interior. The photo at left shows how the studwork fits into the Flex-C-Trac system.

The Flex-C Trac system provides an easy way for builders to frame high-quality curves by using a simple, flexible-metal track or plate for use with wood or metal studs. The casino’s elaborate interior was designed to create the look and feel of Las Vegas and includes numerous curved soffits and theme elements that rely heavily on compound radii.

According to subcontractor Billy Tobey, vice president and general manager of Green Country Interiors, Tulsa, “The project was demanding. We were challenged to find a way to save money without sacrificing the integrity of the final appearance. Plus, we were faced with day-to-day design modifications that had to be accommodated within an already-tight schedule. The involvement and expertise of our foremen kept the project on track and helped deliver an absolutely great-looking finished product,” he said.

The general contractor was Tulsa-based The Flintco Companies, the largest Native American-owned construction company in the world, with more than 800 employees nationwide.

The job’s Flex-C Trac distributor was Building Specialties, Broken Arrow, OK. Flex-C Trac is made of 20-gauge, galvanized sheet metal and is available in 2 1/2-, 3 5/8- and 6-in. widths. The 6-in. product is also available in 16 gauge. Flex-C Plate, utilized primarily for residential construction, is also made of 20-gauge galvanized sheet metal and is available in 2 x 4- and 2 x 6-in. widths for wood studs.