New Tappan Zee Bridge is one of the safest construction projects yet
The construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, set to replace the original Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge across the New York Hudson River, has been billed as ‘one of the safest projects’.
The bridge, which once completed will be the widest in the world, is being built by Tappan Zee Constructors, and is one of the company’s most challenging construction projects ever. The project has been running since 2013 and has seen only 21 on site incidents, equalling approximately one incident every three months. With over six million man hours between 1,200 workers over a three-year project conducted primarily over water, this is an unprecedented low, resulting from the unique approach of Tappan Zee Constructors:
“On this job, if they are asked to do anything unsafe, if they see anything unsafe, they are allowed to stop the work, and get it fixed,” Terry Towe, President of Tappan Zee Constructors, told ABC News.
As the project continues, with aims to complete in 2018, contractors will continue to emphasise the need for stringent safety procedures through every phase.
Skanska secures $84m Portland Airport upgrade contract
Skanska's share of the contract amendment is worth US$84M, which will be included in the US order bookings for the second quarter.
The amendment includes work on the Terminal Core Expansion project, comprising structural, mechanical and electrical work and enclosure. Construction is underway and scheduled for completion by 2025.
With annual travelers expected to climb to 33 million by 2045, the Terminal Core Redevelopment project is a vital expansion that ensures PDX will be able to serve the community well into the future.
Hoffman will install a new 9-acre large-span roofing system over the entire terminal core complex, build a 150-foot multi-floor addition between Concourses C and D, and add new pre- and post-security concessions.
The renovated passenger entry terminal will double the size of the current ticketing and lobby area when it opens in 2025. It is also replacing 16 old passenger boarding bridges plus equipment throughout the PDX concourses. Gate count is critical for PDX operation, so the team must coordinate with each airline to replace one bridge at a time. In addition, Hoffman is rebuilding and enlarging Concourse B. The project is targeting LEED Gold.
Skanska USA recorded sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 and has about 7,600 employees in its operations.
In other recent developments:
- Skanska has sold an elderly care home in Sollentuna outside Stockholm, for about SEK280M, to Altura and lease agreements have previously been signed with Nytida and Vardaga.
- The group has also divested a residential project consisting of rental apartments, senior apartments and a home for people with special needs in Malmö, to Bantorget Hyresbostäder for SEK300M.
- Skanska has joined the climate initiative Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) that gathers countries and leading companies committed to action to achieve the Paris Agreement.
- Skanska has, through Cementation Skanska, signed a contract with the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture for major piling works for the London Tunnels section on the HS2 high speed railway.