In Orlando, Fla., the Lake Nona Town Center offers 4 million square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment, welcoming thousands of visitors each week. At the focal point of the development’s Phase II expansion is The Wave Hotel. The tallest and most modern building for miles around, the hotel features 17 levels of luxury rooms and suites and boasts more than 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Ceco Tampa team provided turnkey concrete frame services, including tower crane, excavation and foundations.
The project included constructing 17 levels of 8-inch post-tensioned (PT) flat slabs over a 56,000-square-foot PT amenity level with a 10- to 16-inch-thick PT slab. The amenity level is the first elevated slab, which was formed in seven pours and has a few large PT beams running through it. This level was constructed using Ceco’s CEFCO scaffolding with preconstructed deck panels. The other levels are about 12,600 square feet and were formed in two pours using Ceco’s truss table system, which enabled a six-day cycle. Ceco also used the CEFCO column-mounted forming system to construct a unique bridge feature that connects the east and west wings of the building. Again, this system helped the Ceco team maintain a six-day turnaround.
With large construction projects, there are always a few wrinkles along the way. For this project, the biggest challenge was the amount of design changes made throughout the project duration. Ceco worked closely with the general contractor to ensure the design changes did not slow progress. The building topped out July 2020 and was completed under budget and on time.