An unconventional convention center

Hartford South installs roof systems on the Orlando Hilton Convention Center

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando is central Florida's primary public convention center and the second-largest convention center in the U.S. The facility consists of two buildings—the West Building and North/South Building—joined by an elevated, covered pedestrian walkway.

Through a prequalification process in 2006, WELBRO Building Corp., Maitland, Fla., was hired to construct an 18-story, 1.6 million-square-foot hotel—Orlando Hilton Convention Center—adjoining with the North/South Building's concourse via an elevated, covered pedestrian walkway. The hotel was to feature 1,400 rooms, 77,595 square feet of ballroom space, 33,630 square feet of meeting space, 6,097 square feet of boardrooms, a spa area, several swimming pools and other amenities.

In turn, WELBRO Building hired Hartford South LLC, Orlando, to install roof systems on the building's various roof areas, including 288,000 square feet of lower roof areas and 60,000 square feet of roof areas on the towers, as well as roofs on the new elevated walkway and some small buildings in the pool area.

"We were asked to furnish and install all roofing and associated sheet metal, including standing-seam metal roof system and wall panels," says Jay Rintelmann, Hartford South's president.