ORLANDO, FL., Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - 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
"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.
About MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS
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.
SOURCE: PCL family of companies
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