SIP District Wins Contract for World’s Largest Observation Wheel, Las Vegas
American Bridge Company’s Special and International Projects District (SIP) has been selected as prime structural contractor by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. for the Las Vegas High Roller, which will be the world’s largest observation wheel. The contract has a value of about $64M.
AB will assist the design engineer Arup in the completion of the design, and will begin procurement of steel and other components immediately. Construction will begin in late summer 2012 and be complete in December, 2013.
The wheel is a tension ring with a 143m (meter, 469.16’) diameter, with top elevation of 167m (550’). It will contain 28 cabins with 36 person capacity each. The cabins are delivered under separate contract and erected by AB. The mechanization and drive system, electrical installation, and general works are being performed under separate prime contracts.
The project continues a long line of special structures experience for American Bridge Company that has included the Chicago Picasso structure, the New York World’s Fair Unisphere, the Puerto Rico Convention Center Roof, and the EPCOT Millennium structure in Florida.