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From the Ground Up: WonderWorks

2835 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson

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Owner/developer: WonderWorks Branson LLC
General contractor: Larry Snyder & Co.
Architect: JDF Architecture LLC (Fort Walton Beach, Florida)
Engineers: Weatherly Structural Engineers, structural (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina); Pinnacle Design Consultants LLC, civil; Johnson, Peaden Engineering Inc., mechanical, electrical and plumbing (Fort Walton Beach)
Size: 40,000 square feet
Estimated cost: $13 million, per city permits
Lender: WND
Estimated completion: Spring 2020
Project description: An indoor amusement park designed as an upside-down house is expected to be completed this spring in Branson. WonderWorks, a science-based attraction, is being built at the former site of the Baldknobbers Theatre. WonderWorks will offer STEM-based, hands-on exhibits, including zero-gravity astronaut training, 71 mph hurricane-force winds and a room to create large bubbles, according to the WonderWorks Branson website. Janine Vaccarello, chief operating officer of WonderWorks, said in an email the park also will include activities centered around Branson’s history. The 21-year-old concept started in Orlando, Florida, and the company has five other locations, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.


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