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Lightning Protection System LC-46 CCAFS

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Project:

Lightning Protection System LC-46 CCAFS

YEAR:

2018

LOCATION:

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

PROJECT SUMMARY:

Launch Complex 46 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station was modified in 2018 to support a new generation of launch vehicles and clients.

A new Lightning Protection System was a large part of those modifications.

We were contracted to fabricate the 4 Stainless Steel 316L Rings that connect the steel support towers to the fiberglass masts.

These 6’ diameter stainless rings were made with 1” thick rolled plates with multiple CJP welds and plenty of NDT to guarantee a high quality.

Stainless steel has the tendency to shrink and deform more than carbon steel during the welding process.

We carefully designed a weld order to control the shrinkage and warpage as best as we could and it all worked out at the end.

Chillers

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Project:

Orlando Health

YEAR:

2018

LOCATION:

Orlando, Florida

PROJECT SUMMARY:

We’re being asked on a regular basis to provide the galvanized steel for chiller frames and/or screen walls on roof tops. We always walk the job site prior to design, so that we know for sure that we have a good way to get the framing up there. In some cases we break it down to multiple bolted parts, but in other cases we can shop weld it all together and set the steel with a mobile crane with one single lift.

Jurassic World Parade Floats

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Project:

Jurassic World Parade Floats

YEAR:

2017

LOCATION:

Osaka, Japan

PROJECT SUMMARY:

It’s not every day that we got to fabricate and/or design floats that will be flown oversees and used at Universal Studios Japan. We worked on other floats for the Orlando Entertainment parks, but this was new for us. The majority of our work was to build the main frames and paint them before they would be shipped to a theming shop.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

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Project:

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

YEAR:

2018

LOCATION:

Orlando, Florida

PROJECT SUMMARY:

Rails, Platforms, Ladders, Walls, Floors, Doors, HVAC Supports. We did a lot of different projects for this new ride! About 40 when I count the job log. That’s a serious amount of work and projects for us! In many cases our work is behind some wall, on top of a roof or at otherwise hidden from the public’s eye. However the mile long queue railings and drop element egress platforms are very much visible. Another cool fact is that we fabricated the main castle window that the roller coaster is going through!

Northside Presbyterian Church Expansion

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Project:

Northside Presbyterian Church Expansion

YEAR:

2017

LOCATION:

Melbourne, Florida

PROJECT SUMMARY:

For the expansion of this church our client entrusted us with the church steeple and cross. The steeple was a fiberglass product that needed an engineered base. The 26’ cross ended up being aluminum with an automotive paint and concealed connections. We designed, engineered, fabricated and installed these items.

Aquatica Slide Roof

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Project:

Aquatica Slide Roof

YEAR:

2019

LOCATION:

Orlando, Florida

PROJECT SUMMARY:

The new KaraKara Curl slide at Aquatica Orlando needed a roof. We fabricated and installed the roof including the 2-ply corrugated roof panels and flashing. We completed it on the ground an flew it on the main slide structure one night. We built it in the corner of the parking lot and lifted it over the trees on the road. After that we repositioned the crane for the final pick. We only used falsework steel to lift the steel up from underneath, so we did not have to repair any roof penetrations for our rigging afterwards.

Universal Orlando Platforms

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Project:

Platforms – Universal Orlando

YEAR:

2018

LOCATION:

Orlando, Florida

PROJECT SUMMARY:

We love design-build projects! Big or small, it doesn’t matter to us. We put in the same relentless effort, doing it right. This picture shows some small platforms we did for Universal Orlando. They are located in the pool buildings of the new Volcano Bay Waterpark and will enable the technicians to easily swap out motors and other parts.

Volcano Bay Exit Structures

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Project:

Volcano Bay Exit Structures – Universal Orlando

YEAR:

2018

LOCATION:

Orlando, Florida

PROJECT SUMMARY:

We made these 3 umbrellas in 2 parts. The columns were installed first to suit the concrete pour and the conduits. A good week later the upper parts were installed also. The end result is amazing. It’s hard to imagine that all of the “bamboo” is actually themed steel pipe.

Toy Story Land – Disney World

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Project:

Toy Story Land – Disney World

YEAR:

2017

LOCATION:

Orlando, Florida

PROJECT SUMMARY:

Disney’s brand new Toy Story Land in Orlando depicts Andy’s backyard. It’s highly detailed with surprising details and vivid colors. We were fortunate enough to fabricate the railing around the Swirling Saucers ride. The finish for these type of railings is critical. So plenty of light grinding and serious sanding to make it all smooth…
This new addition to Hollywood Studios looks amazing and we’re glad that we had the opportunity to work on this great project.

Jacksonville Zoo Exhibit

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Project:

Jacksonville Zoo – African Forest Great Apes Exhibit

YEAR:

2018

LOCATION:

Orlando, Florida

PROJECT SUMMARY:

In September of 2018, the Jacksonville Zoo opened its doors to the African Forest great apes exhibit. The centerpiece of this area is an artificial Kapok tree in which the apes (Bonobos) can climb and zoo keepers can study the animals from inside the tree. We were fortunate enough to fabricate and install the spiral stair and upper platform, as well as the leaves in the canopy. These leaves were made out of steel pipe that we shaped with heat into 5 different 3D patterns. Once the steel pipes were painted, the canvas was installed inside the leaf perimeters. We thank the Nassal company in Orlando for entrusting us with this cool project.