Entertainment & Hospitality

Project: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tree of Life

Customer: Walt Disney Imagineering
Description: The Tree of Life, a sculpted 14-story (145-foot-tall [44 m]), 50-foot-wide (15 m) tree, is the centerpiece and icon in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Tourists can walk around the whole park to see all 325 animals carved in the bark of this massive tree attraction. The main frame of the tree consists of 36” diameter pipe and was fabricated in Houston by a fabricator of off shore oil platforms. Met-Con poured the foundations, erected the main framing and fabricated and installed all other structural and miscellaneous metals for the structure.

Project: Universal Islands of Adventure, Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Customer: PCL Construction Services
Description: Fabrication and erection of approximately 430 tons of structural and miscellaneous steel used in the construction of Hogwart’s Castle and Hogsmeade Village – Landmark attractions of the Harry Potter universe.

 

Project: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

Customer: Balfour Beatty Construction
Description: Sapphire Falls is a 1,000-room hotel with 131,000 square feet of convention space and meeting rooms.  Met-Con fabricated and erected approximately 1300 tons of structural steel in the nine-building complex.   Long span trusses that were 160’ long and 13’ deep were installed over the main ballroom.

Project: SeaWorld’s Aquatica Water Park

Customer: PCL Construction Services
Description: Met-Con fabricated and erected the structural and miscellaneous steel for SeaWorld’s Aquatica Water Park. Met-Con’s scope of work included the stair and slide tower structures, guard rails and hand rails, and the structural steel for the restaurants and support buildings.

Project: Universal Islands of Adventure, Seuss Landing

Customer: PCL Construction Services
Description: Dr. Seuss themed area of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, featuring attractions based on Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish. Met-Con fabricated and erected the structural and miscellaneous steel for this project. This was no small endeavor due to the fact there are no straight lines in Dr. Seuss’ world. Met-Con has never before nor since encountered a project that required as much attention to satisfy the artists’ intent, while still maintaining structural requirements, and limited by the constraints of reality.

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