Sundance Mfg. Inc. | Orlando, Fla., United States
The intent of this project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the commercial canopies category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, was to create a high profile canopy incorporating the Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven themed roller coaster in Orlando, Fla. It was designed to give the appearance of a full-sized functional zeppelin that is docked for loading passengers. The interior structure was designed with custom rolled interior beams that were architecturally themed to include a circular cutout pattern to enhance the overall visual effect. The project met its goal of being an easily recognizable, iconic landmark to promote the theme park. This is the only structure of its kind in the world and was done as a design-build project from the ground up by Sundance Mfg.