EDM has been the Theme Park Architect's Secret Weapon

Since 1975, EDM has provided structural engineering services to theme park architects. Projects include major roller coaster foundations, support structures, fresh and salt water pools, theaters, loading stations, maintenance facilities, animal containment systems, thematic element design, and special structures. Locations include Hersheypark, Busch Gardens Williamsburg PA, Busch Gardens Tampa FL, Sea World parks in four states, Universal Studios Orlando FL, Sesame Place near Philadelphia PA, Grant's Farm in St. Louis MO, Silver Dollar City in Branson MO, Adventure Island in Tampa FL, Six Flags in Vallejo CA.

Busch Gardens  – Sheikra Coaster, Tampa, FL

First Dive Coaster to be constructed in North America; its track includes a splashdown and an Immelmann loop, both a first for its kind. SheiKra reaches a maximum speed of 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) and has a total track length of 3,188 feet (972 m).


Services provided:  Structural engineering – foundations design.

Verbolten Roller Coaster, Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA

Verbolten is a Zierer multi-launching steel roller coaster. The coaster is car based and takes guests from the bustling Oktoberfest Celebrations for a light-hearted tour through the countryside that makes a twisted turn into the mysterious Black Forest.

EDM scope of work included design of foundation for 3,000-foot long launch coaster, Ride Station Building, Ride Maintenance/Storage Building, Ride Event Building, Queue Building, Gift Shop

Ride Photo Building.


Services provided: Structural engineering.

MAKO Roller Coaster, SeaWorld Orlando, FL

Mako is a steel hypercoaster manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard. Mako reaches a height of 200 feet (61 m) with a maximum speed of 73 miles per hour (117 km/h) and has a total track length of 4,760 feet (1,450 m). The coaster was named after the Mako shark, which is considered to be the fastest species in the oceans.  This new coaster is located adjacent to the Shark Encounter aquarium, also engineered by EDM Incorporated.


EDM scope of work included: Ride foundation, Station Building, Ride Maintenance Building, and re-theming concepts.

Services provided: Structural engineering.

Explorer's Reef, Sea World San Diego CA

New interactive exhibit at the park entrance featuring creative 50% open-air roof design, complex space-frame steel and fiberglass structure. The original entrance was demolished and replaced with a new entry gate leading to the 3-acre Explorer’s Reef Area.  Immediately after entering, there are four 24,000 gallon touch pools containing sharks, skates, horseshoe crabs, rays and cleaner fish. 

Services provided: Structural engineering.

GROW, St. Louis Science Center

One-acre permanent exhibit on agriculture, featuring educational programs and planned events that explore farming and its vital role in today’s complex local and global economies. Surrounding the learning pavilion, there are more than 40 exhibits containing facts about water, weather and how plants grow, including a greenhouse and working aquaponic farm.


Services provided: Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing engineering.

Union Station Historic Restoration, St. Louis, MO

Complete renovation of the turn-of-the-century Headhouse comprising the addition of 475 new hotel rooms under the existing Train Shed, support facilities for the hotel, and a major urban retail mall.


The design included a unique lift-slab structural system, cast-in-place, post-tensioned flat plate system chosen to facilitate construction under an existing building. Major structural repair and reinforcement occurred throughout the existing Headhouse.


Services provided: Structural engineering.

America’s Convention Center South Expansion & Dome, St. Louis MO

Expanded the convention center from approximately 300,000 SF to 470,000 SF, including the addition of two exhibit halls with moveable walls (50,000 SF and 70,000 SF) and a lecture hall.

EDM was structural engineer of record for the Dome project including 180,000 SF of column-free exhibition space. Currently EDM provides on-call services for events' temporary structures.

Services provided: Structural engineering.

Malcolm Martin Memorial Garden Overlook, East St. Louis, Missouri


The structural system consisted of ramp systems leading to an observation platform 44 feet high, looking on downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch. People from all over the world pose on the park’s overlook platform for vacation photos. Locals use it for wedding, engagement, reunion, fashion and marketing photos.

Services provided: Structural, Electrical and Plumbing engineering.


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