Las Vegas, Nevada
Leitner-Poma of America
The High Roller, as the observation wheel is called, is the centerpiece of the new Linq outdoor pedestrian mall being developed in Las Vegas by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. At 550-feet tall–100 feet taller than the London Eye–the High Roller dominates the strip skyline. The wheel boasts 28 bubble-like cabins, each holding 40 people, with 300 square feet of glass and eight flat screen TVs. A total of 1,120 people can be on the High Roller at any given time!
SCJ Alliance participated in the initial bid and proposal process that helped secure the contract from Caesars. We worked with the cabin supplier, Leitner-Poma of America, on the observation wheel’s cabin design. Specific items included stress analysis of the cabin frame system, design of the HVAC system and composition of the operations and maintenance manuals.
In addition to the external components of the cabins, we were responsible for the audio/video system and the heating and cooling, which is especially significant in Las Vegas! We also assisted with the testing procedures and led production of the Operations and Maintenance documents.
“It has been a great honor to work on such a unique project. When transporting people 550′ in the air at a location like Las Vegas where temperatures are often in excess of 100 degrees, things that seems like a convenience become a life safety system. Without adequate air conditioning in the cabin, temperatures can easily exceed 150 degrees making the HVAC system an essential part of the design.”
Joel Deis, PE