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Switzerland-Out with the old and in with the new - Zurich Airport

SWITZERLAND
Out with the old and in with the new - Zurich Airport

Following the implementation of the measures to accommodate the introduction of the Schengen Agreement on 29th March 2009, further construction work is undertaken at Zurich Airport in Switzerland as part of the “Zurich 2010“ project.

The core element of the centralization of security checks is the construction of a new four-floor central security check building between Check-in 1 and 2.

The alteration and reopening of the Dock B is the key part of the project, since it ensures that Zurich Airport can continue to provide top quality services after the implementation of the Schengen Agreement. The planned conversion will allow flexible processing of Schengen and Non-Schengen flights at up to nine aircraft stands.

The reopening of the new Dock B is scheduled for 2012 and will cost around US$140. The new building will be 215 m long, 45 m wide and the visitor platform on the roof is 25 m above ground level.

The second step was a soft strip, which included the removal of all non-structural elements and components. For this task Eberhard used several compact loaders and mini excavators including Cat 257B and 257BII multi-terrain loaders and Cat 303C CR and 305C CR compact radius mini hydraulic excavators.The conversion work on Dock B started in July 2009. As the construction site is on the airside of the Zurich Airport, it had to be secured and fully fenced.

To gain access to the site from the landside, Unique who runs the airport, built a temporary bridge for 5 Million Swiss Francs. With this solution there are no operational restrictions for the rest of the airport. The access-bridge is able to carry loads up to 40 t. and it will be dismantled in 2012.

The Kloten based Eberhard Bau AG started the deconstruction of the Dock B and the old control-tower (both buildings were put up in 1975) in the second half of July 2009.

The first step on the selective demolition project was the removal of all the technical installations such as heating, cooling and air conditioning.

The second step was a soft strip, which included the removal of all non-structural elements and components. For this task Eberhard used several compact loaders and mini excavators including Cat 257B and 257BII multi-terrain loaders and Cat 303C CR and 305C CR compact radius mini hydraulic excavators.

he stripped waste material was segregated on site and then dumped through the windows into big skips awaiting removal or piled up outside for rehandling by a wheel loader. 140 m³ of non-recyclable waste was transported to the Hagenholz waste burning facility and 55 m³ of plasterboard and gypsum waste was disposed.

The total walled in space of the Dock B measured 86,000 m³. Out of these, 66,000 m³ were soft stripped, leaving the main structural elements intact. The rest of the building was brought down to ground level.

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