Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Scope of Work
Cianbro erected the Capital Wheel, a new landmark attraction at the dynamic National Harbor community near Washington, DC. With 42 climate-controlled gondolas, the observation wheel soars 175 feet above the Potomac River, providing stunning views of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol, as well as vistas of both the Maryland and Virginia sides of the river. Erected on a Cianbro-built concrete pier, the Capital Wheel includes 1.6 million fully-programmable LED lights.

Project Details
Cianbro furnished and installed:

  • 24 ea. 1-3/8 inch diameter high strength tension rods, grouted into the existing concrete piles and load tested to 192,000 pounds
  • 10,000 sf of steel decking 
  • 200 cy of reinforced concrete deck and fascia wall
  • 1,500 sf of new floating dock, supported by 16 inch diameter steel guide piles      
  • Loading platform and informational kiosk, including all architectural finishes 
  • 1,100 lf of architectural stainless and aluminum handrail

Cianbro fabricated, coated and installed:

  • 180 tons of galvanized steel for the wheel base structure 
  • The curved steel rafter canopy system

Cianbro installed:

  • 175 ft diameter observation wheel, electrical and operator houses, and ticketing gondola

Unique Challenge

This project was constructed on a fast-track, five-month schedule. A keen focus on details, streamlined document management and intense daily coordination amongst all team members was imperative. The project finished ahead of schedule and opened prior to Memorial Day Weekend.

Project Information

The Peterson Companies

Type of Project:
Commercial & Institutional

Construction Schedule:
Completed May 2014

National Harbor, MD
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