SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Rivers Casino was awarded a license by the state this past December. They had their official ground breaking just last month.

It’s hard to believe by this time next year instead of standing next to construction cones we’ll be inside standing next to slot machines. The skeleton is up now and they’re way ahead of schedule.

The schedule was sped up by the lack of winter in the Capital Region.

“We didn’t have four feet of frost you have to jack hammer through,” said David Buicko, CEO of the Galesi Group.

And now the casino is already taking shape. On Wednesday Rush Street Gaming showed off these new animations of the interior.

“A lot of people haven’t had the experience of going through the site because it is a construction site,” said Buicko.

Walking through the entrance into the gaming floor where there will be 16 poker tables and 1,150 slot machines, but before the games begin Rush Street still needs to make a major payment to the State of NY for $50 million – which is part of their agreement to obtain the license.

It’s a check they say they’re ready to write by the end of the month. Gary McCarthy says the city will see $2 ½ million of that money. Back at the construction site, more buildings are going up.

“Up in front of us new Marriott Hotel approximately 125 rooms,” said Steve Luciano, project manager.

Its four floors are already up.

“We’ve got the tough part behind us,” Buicko said.

And if the weather continues to cooperate, you’ll be able to walk through this entrance by March 2017. The wall will go up in the next couple of months.