PCL Construction Earns National Recognition for Legoland® Restoration

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ORLANDO, Fla. (September 18, 2012) – PCL Construction Services, Inc. has won the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) National Award in the Rehabilitation/Renovation/Restoration category for its construction services on  LEGOLAND® Florida , located in Winter Haven, Florida.
"The commitment and dedication of the PCL project team on LEGOLAND® Florida was unparalleled,” said Billy Matthesen, PCL project manager. “The combined efforts of our team and our partners allowed us to do the monumental amount of work that needed to be put in place in such a short time frame.”
Merlin Entertainments, global visitor attraction operator and the owners of the LEGOLAND Parks, and Morris Architects worked with PCL to deliver the project faster and at a lower cost than any previous LEGOLAND project worldwide.
“PCL demonstrated their expert knowledge and consistently provided the project team with the innovative problem solving and cost effective solutions while maintaining the high standard of design that is so integral to the LEGOLAND brand,” said Michael Frohnappel, AIA, and Associate Principal of Morris Architects. 
The entire project was completed in 15 months. The LEGOLAND Florida theme park work included more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions.  The LEGO models were constructed overseas by Merlin’s Magic Making team and brought in to Florida.  The on-site work involved 23 existing structural renovations, new infrastructure installation, existing infrastructure upgrades, and the installation of extensive hardscape, landscape, and historic tree relocation and restoration.
The selection process for the awards involved numerous criteria including best practices, sustainability, schedule and cost performance, and value added distinctiveness. According to DBIA, this year’s awards competition received a record number of project submissions in the Rehabilitation/Renovation and Restoration category.
“PCL went above and beyond the baseline requirements of this award,” Susan Hines, director of public relations for DBIA said. “This was a truly impressive project.”
In addition to the DBIA award, the project received the Friends of our Urban Forest “2011 Outstanding Project” award for saving over 640 historic trees from the former Cypress Gardens or relocated them onsite to become part of the new LEGOLAND Florida Park. Any trees not relocated were 100% recycled for mulch throughout the LEGOLAND Park.

About the PCL family of companies

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $6 billion, making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com. 

About Morris Architects

With over 70 years of design expertise, Morris Architects is an award-winning full-service practice with locations in Houston, Orlando, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, and Hong Kong. Morris Architects provides comprehensive architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning services to a diverse national and international client base. More information can be found at www.morrisarchitects.com and www.morristerra.com.

About LEGOLAND® Florida

LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12.  With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and the all-new water park, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun! There are currently four other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London, and just opened LEGOLAND Malaysia – the sixth LEGOLAND Park and first in Asia.. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world.  For the most current information, log on to www.LEGOLAND.com.


MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 90 attractions, seven hotels/two holiday villages in 21 countries across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 46 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than20,000 employees.  Merlin currently has seventeen attractions in the USA including the stunning LEGOLAND Florida theme park with its new Water Park; LEGOLAND California theme park with its exciting Water Park, and SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium (LEGOLAND California Hotel is opening in summer 2013); Madame Tussauds attractions in New York, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nevada and Hollywood, California; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago, Illinois; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Atlanta, Georgia; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.
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