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ITAC Keeps Giga Coaster On Track
July 2, 2010

Intimidator 305

This spring, Kings Dominion unveiled the new Intimidator 305. This mammoth 5,100-foot-long behemoth is only the second giga coaster ever built in North America, and the tallest and fastest roller coaster of its type on the East Coast. The Intimidator 305 takes its name from one of NASCAR’s most beloved figures, the late Dale Earnhardt. It honors the speed and intensity of the man known on the track as “The Intimidator.”

For Industrial TurnAround Corporation (ITAC), it was also a race to the finish. The company, which had completed several smaller jobs for Kings Dominion in the past, was named last fall as MEP Engineering and Electrical Construction company of record. In addition, ITAC provided Fall Protection services to ensure safety on a lift hill that stands 305 feet at its highest peak.

“We had a hard deadline,” said Bruce Shannon, VP of Construction, Industrial and Design/Build Services for ITAC. “April 1st, 2010 was “Media Day,” when the roller coaster would be unveiled to the press. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Teresa Earnhardt were going to be there, so this thing had to be done.”

The area north of Richmond where Kings Dominion is located experienced epic snowfalls in the winter of 2010.

“We couldn’t have asked for a worse winter to build a roller coaster,” said Mr. Shannon. “We battled snow and rain all winter long while doing the electrical construction work, but we came together and made the deadline.”

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