High Flyer Zipline
Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT

Soaring Structure

HighFlyer Zipline, a 3,750 foot-long zipline thrill ride, begins on the rooftop of 330-foot-tall Fox Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Thrill seekers can experience speeds approaching 60 miles per hour as they fly over the trees surrounding the resort, landing at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center.

The Harman Group designed the original structure of the Fox Tower in 2006 and recently designed the anchorage of the new zipline to the existing tower. Evaluations were performed regarding the effect of the zipline forces on the existing hotel tower structure and designed the connections of the zipline system to the shear wall core of the tower. The Harman Group also designed the foundation support system at the landing site of the zipline.  The foundation is a combination of reinforced spread footings and a mat foundation tied to the earth with rock anchors.

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Structural Systems Used

Structural Steel (Truss at the Connection to the Tower)
Cast in Place Concrete and Rock Anchors (Landing Side Foundation)