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Amusement Parks: LEGOLAND® Florida selects PCL as design-Builder


Following a rigorous search, LEGOLAND Florida has chosen PCL Construction Services, Inc. (PCL) as the builders for Florida’s newest family theme park.  LEGOLAND Florida opens in fall 2011 and will be a 145-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12.  With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun.

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“Merlin Entertainments Group is confident that PCL is the right company for this enormous job, ” said John Ussher, LEGOLAND General Manager of  Development.  “PCL’s quality standards, along with their attention to detail and incredible safety record make them our company of choice.”

“We are committed to the success of LEGOLAND Florida, and appreciate the confidence Merlin Entertainments Group has placed in our firm, ” said Deron Brown, Vice President and District Manager.  Once finished, LEGOLAND Florida will be transformed into Florida’s newest family theme park with a mix of rides, shows, attractions, restaurants and shops – the perfect full-day experience for families with children. “PCL is thrilled to be awarded such a unique project, ” said Bob Hopfenberg, PCL’s Director of Business Development.

PCL is one of the top entertainment builders in the country according to Engineering News Record Magazine.  With over 200 entertainment projects completed by the Orlando district, PCL has a diverse and extensive design build and fast track entertainment background that includes rides, roller coasters, simulators, aquariums, restaurants, retail and support facilities for numerous major Orlando theme parks.  PCL is a 104-year-old firm with 27 office locations throughout North America and an annual construction volume exceeding $6 billion.

 PCL’s design-build partner for LEGOLAND Florida is Morris Architects, a leader in entertainment design. PCL and Morris have a long and successful history of working together on entertainment projects throughout Central Florida. Founded in 1938, Morris Architects has established itself as an awardwinning, planning, and full-service architectural design practice with offices in Orlando, Houston, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Hong Kong.

Due to the high-volume of interested sub-contractors, PCL has created a specific email address to collect proposals.  All sub-contracting queries should be sent to PCL via

For Merlin Entertainments Group Sally Ann Wilkinson
Tel: + 44 20 8899 6110/ +44 7774 415372

There are currently four other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London. The LEGOLAND theme parks are a part of Merlin Entertainments Group, the second largest attractions operator in the world.  For the most current information, log on to

The MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS GROUP is the leading name in location based, family entertainment, which has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years.   Europe’s number one, and the world’s second largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin has 62 attractions and 6 hotels in 12 countries, across 3 continents.   The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 38.5 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 14, 000 employees.   Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions – SEA LIFE – the world’s No 1 aquarium brand, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The Merlin Entertainments London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK, Chessington World of Adventures, Heide Park, Underwater Adventures, and Earth Explorer.

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