TCT provided conceptual cost estimates for structural repairs and a dozen different architectural lighting schemes for this nationally registered former amusement park ride dating back to the 1939 World’s Fair. The nation’s most famous vertical thrill ride was moved to Coney Island Amusement park in 1941 and closed permanently in 1969. The installation options for the lights proved to be quite challenging and potentially costly, as the 277-foot, 170-ton structure could not support scaffolding and required the lighting design consultant team to physically scale the structure and hang by guide wires during the installation process. The project owner ultimately selected a computer-controlled LED lighting system, which creates a constantly changing light show.
The finished project won several awards, among them the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York 2007 Engineering Excellence Gold Award in Structural Systems and Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for 2006