Construction has started on First Baptist Church Windermere’s new 10,000 sf Children’s Building located on their Lakeside Campus. This facility will support the expanding children’s program and weekday preschool. It will provide an engaging environment for children to learn about God’s amazing purpose for their lives. The single story building addition will include classroom spaces, a lobby with security check-in features, restrooms, and is designed to be easily converted into a gymnasium in the future. This project is the first in a multi-year Lakeside Campus building program. The project is designed by JWB Architects and is scheduled to be complete in fall 2013.
This new open-air amphitheater is part of the redevelopment of The Cove at Port Canaveral. Built for the communities surrounding the port, the amphitheater will initially seat 4,000 and is planned to ultimately seat 6,000. It will be covered by a 47,000 sf tensile fabric shade structure and have an attached 10,000 sf stage building complete with a 4,000 sf stage, catwalks, a green room, performer staging area, dressing rooms, dining area and offices. Five separate and smaller buildings will serve as the entrance, ticket sales, concession area and public restrooms. The facility will be connected to other parts of The Cove by two wooden bridges. It is expected over 70,000 cubic yards of fill dirt will be moved to create the tiered seating area. When complete the amphitheater will be one of the largest in Florida.
The Phase 1 expansion of Fun Spot Attractions in Orlando will bring two roller coasters, a 250 foot tall SkyCoaster and 30 new amusement rides to the I-Drive area of Orlando. H. J. High Construction is the design-build contractor of the park which will include full site infrastructure, new parking areas, extensive landscaping, an entry building, restroom building, and food service building. A water park is planned for Phase 2 expansion in the future.
The site development includes domestic water and sanitary sewer throughout the park, as well as electrical and communication distribution to each of the rides. The main entrance to the park will be revised to the north end of the property at Touchstone Drive. The 248 space parking lot includes seven handicap spaces and is connected to the existing park via an access road.
The 8,000 sf food service building includes indoor dining for 221 people and also doubles as ride access for the SkyCoaster, including an observation deck on the roof for 153 visitors. When completed, the SkyCoaster will be the second largest in the world with the largest being at Fun Spot Attraction’s Kissimmee location. The building includes a commercial kitchen designed for pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, and fries. The 800 sf restroom building is located adjacent to the food service building to provide convenient facilities to park visitors.
The 4,500 sf entry building greets park visitors entering through the porte cochere from the parking lot. The building is architecturally designed to set the “Americana” theme and includes two retail spaces, restrooms and ticketing offices for the park.
The new icon for I-Drive will be the SkyCoaster. It includes a structural steel triangular truss support arch and separate launch tower. The ride offers a thrilling swing to only the bravest of park visitors. A new wooden roller coaster will be installed along the west and north park boundaries and is touted as the first wooden roller coaster in Orlando. At the heart of the park will be an inverted family style steel roller coaster. The park will also include approximately 30 other Coney Island style rides
Construction is currently anticipated to begin in October 2012.
The joint venture of H. J. High Construction Company and Batson-Cook Company are currently working on the third phase of the Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas (MPSA) Savannah Machinery Works construction project. The team, which built the initial two phases of the facility, will erect a 74,000 sf manufacturing bay for the new facility in Pooler, Georgia.
The joint venture team of H. J. High and GAC Contractors is currently serving as construction manager for the new 80,000 sf Gulf Coast State College Advanced Technology Center (ATC). The ATC is designed to be a LEED Gold building and will be a showcase of training and education in renewable energy, alternative energy and sustainable design. The facility will be equipped with a vegetative roof, wind powered electric generators, photo-voltaic generators, maglev chillers and geothermal heat exchangers.