International Residence Hall @ Dollywood

The Mt. Olympus Indoor Water Park expansion was a combined effort between Holtz Builders, Inc., Ramaker & Associates, and Badger Pool adding 22,500 square feet of indoor space in just over 10 months. Medusa’s SlideWheel, America’s first rotating waterslide, stands over 74 feet high and spans nearly 100 feet in width. It entails 443 feet of waterslides wrapped in an intricate tangle of tubes on a horizontal axis that allows the entire ride to rotate continuously 360 degrees as four-person rafts are launched every 30 seconds into the perpetually spinning slidewheel. Riders then propel down a serpentine slide 390 feet into an exit plunge pool. Due to long lead times, materials were ordered from the preliminary plans to meet the hard deadline of Memorial Day, eliciting 79 RFIs and 17 construction bulletins. With more than 44,722 total work hours, delivery coordination, staging plan, and active work on a tight jobsite were essential. Daily huddle meetings established buy-in, encouraged teamwork, maintained safety, and ensured that details of every section were per plan and specifications.

Description

Description

Gold Award

General Contractor, Commercial, Over $10 Million

International Residence Hall @ Dollywood

Pigeon Forge, TN

Holtz Builders, Inc.

Owner: International Residence Hall @ Dollywood

Designer: MBI Companies

Holtz Builders, Inc. worked closely with the design team, owners, building operators, and trusted subcontractors to develop a safe, efficient, and effective 141,612-squarefoot, U-shaped building. There were more than 35 people in eight organizations involved in the initial design and development. Due to the nature of the occupant, the team was on a tight schedule that allotted 199 workweek days, but uncooperative weather brought the total available workweek days down to 157. The open collaboration and detailed planning across all aspects of this project allowed for owner turnover and student move-in a full three days ahead of schedule. IRH Dollywood was Holtz Builders’ premier project to utilize its new construction management software, Procore, which allowed up-to-date sharing of information and removed many typical construction delays. The project site proved to be a challenge as they navigated many material deliveries under a roller-coaster track and coordinated ever-changing access routes with their adjacent neighbors.