PCL : LEGOLAND Florida
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Project Overview

PCL provided design-build services for the largest LEGOLAND theme park in the world. The park, constructed on the former Cypress Gardens site in Winter Haven, Florida, includes a combination of new construction, renovation, and extensive hardscape and landscape. LEGOLAND Florida comprises 10 lands, and boasts more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions.

This fasttrack project was delivered from inception to design and construction to grand opening in a mere 15 months. The aggressive schedule was achieved through the tireless efforts of the PCL project team, and required extensive coordination and value-engineering efforts with the client. This led the PCL project team to deliver the project faster, and at a lower cost, than any previous LEGOLAND project worldwide.

PCL was challenged to find construction alternatives to previously constructed rides and attractions, and to provide those attractions faster and more cost effectively, while still maintaining the same guest experience. PCL delivered, and in many cases redefined, the means by which many attractions will be constructed in future parks through careful constructability reviews and material selections based on the client's operational input. PCL took an innovative approach on one specific attraction that involved a structure inundated with large volumes of chlorinated water. In the past, the structure was constructed of structural steel, MDF board, and a vinyl theming treatment, which required a costly, full-scale replacement every year. PCL proposed using a sealed colored block structure to achieve the same look and guest experience, while providing a superior lifespan. The attraction was built with minimal additional budget and provides substantial operational cost savings over the life of the attraction.

DETAILS

CLIENT:
Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd
PROJECT LOCATION:
Winter Haven, FL
PCL OFFICE:
Orlando – Buildings Construction
COMPANY:
PCL Construction Services, Inc.
SECTOR:
Buildings
MARKET:
Sports and Entertainment
DELIVERY METHOD:
Design-Build

Awards

2012 Excellence in Construction Eagle Award (Entertainment Facilities) - Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) Central Florida

2012 ENR Southeast Best Projects of the Year Award - Engineering News Record Magazine

2012 National Design-Build Award (Rehabilitation, Renovation, Restoration) - Design-Build Institute of America

2012 Florida Design-Build Award Overall Winner (Rehabilitation, Renovation, Restoration) - Florida Region Design-Build Institute of America

Outstanding Project for 2011 - Friends of the Urban Forest

2013 Grand Award - National Landscape Awards of Excellence - PLANET Professional Landcare Network