Citrus Bowl Transformation
Just west of downtown, the newly transformed Orlando Citrus Bowl has again become the centerpiece for attracting big events to the Orlando region. The project team completed a $207.7 million overhaul in the ten months between major events, saving significant time and money compared to a total replacement. The transformation redefined the historic stadium’s aesthetics and fan experience. Our challenge was to deliver a beautiful exposed structure, adhere to an austere budget, meet a lightning schedule, and ensure lower long-term maintenance costs than contemporary facilities.
Hitting the Window
To speed construction, Walter P Moore used a non-traditional combination of structural steel and precast concrete for the primary structure. This allowed builders to begin fabrication of most of the structure well in advance of demolition. Once on site, four teams simultaneously erected various parts of the structures independently, saving construction days with parallel construction tracks.
To reduce future maintenance, Walter P Moore improved industry-standard connections by borrowing concepts of emulative design from its traditional application in high-seismic regions. Designers sought to replicate the higher durability of cast-in-place concrete by virtually eliminating exposed and field-welded connections and by using an innovative seating connection. In the steel circulation structures, highly aesthetic connections were detailed to reduce long-term rusting potential.
Since its transformation, the Orlando Citrus Bowl has reclaimed its economic generating mojo, hosting enormous crowds at MLS games, concerts, and two successful bowl games. Fan response has been very positive and the City expects the stadium to generate $300 million annually.