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Rosen Centre Skywalk

Orlando, Florida



Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Inc.


Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects, Inc.


Welbro Building Corporation


December 01, 2010

Rosen Centre is an award-winning hotel located on International Drive, adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center. In order to provide pedestrians with safe and direct access between the hotel and convention center, a pedestrian overpass was needed.

Two Gateway® style, Continental® truss bridges, 158’ x 10’ in size, with concrete decks and a roof support system were chosen for their cost effectiveness and quick delivery.

“Contracting Contech for the Rosen Centre pedestrian bridge was a simple choice,” stated Harris Rosen, President with Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Inc. “Contech was able to meet our strict criteria of price, time and quality.”

The main challenge of the project was ensuring that the design of the 316’ span allowed for only a 2” gap on each side of the bridge. To meet these challenges, the field measurements, bridge fabrication and bridge placement had to be executed with exact precision. In addition, a fast installation was necessary in order to accommodate the events scheduled at the hotel and conference center.

“The prefabricated bridge was fabricated and delivered for less than competitors and arrived on site within a narrow time frame, minimizing the impact on hotel and convention operations,” said Rosen. “Due to diligent adherence to the approved shop drawings, in a situation where a mere ½” in a 300+-ft. span really did matter, the on-site assembly and erection of the prefabricated bridge segments could not have gone more smoothly. We are very pleased with the structure and would absolutely consider it for our next suitable project.”

The bridge was fabricated so that it could be shipped in multiple sections. Once at the site, the sections were joined by the contractor to form the two 158’ spans. The spans were then lifted and set onto the support piers at either end. A roof support system was incorporated into the design and, after the concrete deck was poured, was added onto the truss bridge, sheltering conference attendees from adverse weather conditions.

“This skywalk will definitely bring value to our property,” concluded Rosen. “In fact, the idea for this pedestrian bridge was conceived about a decade ago, so it is very exciting to see it come to fruition. The immediate benefit of convenience and safety for convention-goers cannot be overstated.”

Technical Description:

  • Width: 10 ft (2)
  • Span: 158 ft (2)
  • Style: Gateway®
  • Finish: Painted
  • Decking: Concrete

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