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Valravn Roller Coaster Station Awarded First Place in ATAS Project of the Year Commercial Walls Category

6/29/2017
CPX_1731-EDIT-(1).jpgAllentown, PA, June 29, 2017 – ATAS International announced their 2016 Project of the Year winners at an awards banquet on May 8th.  Cedar Point’s Valravn Roller Coaster station, located in Sandusky, OH, took first place in the commercial walls category.
 
Valravn is the tallest (223 feet), fastest (75 mph) and longest (3,415 feet) dive coaster in the world. The ride’s name is based upon a supernatural raven from Danish folklore.
 
The coaster station design incorporated several aluminum ATAS panel profiles in three colors:
  • CastleTop  in Charcoal Grey, Slate Grey, and Champagne
  • Belvedere Wave Panel in Charcoal Grey
  • Belvedere 7.2” Rib in Charcoal Grey
  • Opaline in Champagne
 
The CastleTop diamond-shaped metal shingles were chosen for their appearance as feathered siding; a tribute to the Valravn mythical bird.  The Belvedere Wave Panels, Belvedere 7.2” Rib, and Opaline complement the sleek angles of the building. 
 
Cedar Point’s raven-themed roller coaster is the newest addition to the park.  It is the park’s first dive coaster, a special type of roller coaster characterized by extra-wide passenger trains and a 90-degree first drop.  Valravn riders are suspended at the first drop for four seconds before being released straight down.  Passengers travel at 75 mph as their feet dangle and then enter a massive inversion, a loop with a twist, causing riders to hang upside down at a record-breaking 165 feet.  At a total ride time of two minutes and 35 seconds, this ride is not for the fainthearted.
 
One of the 13 amusement and water parks owned by Cedar Fair, Cedar Point is located on 364 acres overlooking Lake Erie.  It opened in 1870 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States.  The park has been called the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” and features 71 rides, including 16 roller coasters.   
 
Project team included:
  • Architect:  TRA in Cincinnati, OH
  • Installer:  Lews Construction in Sandusky, OH
  • Distributor:  Gordon Lumber in Huron, OH
  • Owner::  Cedar Fair LP in Sandusky, OH