Odebrecht Projects Awarded by Magazine Engineering News-Record (ENR)
In 2013, the magazine ENR (Engineering News-Record) – a North American publication about the global construction market – held the first edition of the ENR Global Best Projects Awards, which recognizes the year’s top projects in the sector.
Specialists analyzed 66 projects worldwide, considering Safety, Innovation and the Overcoming of Challenges, and prioritized the contracts consisting of teams of different nationalities.
The projects were segmented into the following categories: Airports/Ports; Bridges/Tunnels; Culture; Education/Research; Environment; Government Buildings; ‘Green’ Projects; Health; Office; Energy/Industry; Rails; Residential/Hotel; Retail/Miscellaneous Developments; Roads/Highways; and Sports/Entertainment.
The Odebrecht Organization was awarded for five contracts, currently underway in the United States and the Dominican Republic. The following developments were recognized: AirportLink Metrorail Extension and MIA Mover, in the Rails category; MIA North Terminal Development Program, in Airports/Ports; LPV 3.2B North of I-10 West Return Floodwall, located in New Orleans, in the Environment segment; and the Del Coral Expressway, located in La Romana, in the category of Bridges/Tunnels, for the construction of the bridge over the Chavon River.
Here are the awarded projects:
Del Coral Expressway
A bridge was built over the Chavon Bridge as part of the highway infrastructure development contract in La Romana, in the Dominican Republic.
The bridge represented an important component of the project due to the region’s vulnerability to weather conditions, primarily hurricanes. The structures were designed to fulfill the new Anti-Seismic Construction Code and resist the seismic charges on the pillars.
MIA North Terminal Development Program
The Miami International Airport (MIA) North Terminal development project transformed the 50-year-old building. Without interrupting the services for passengers, workers demolished two parts of the building to duplicate the terminal's length.
LPV 3.2B North of I-10 West Return Floodwall
Located to the East of the Mississippi River, the construction project has the mission of reducing the risk of damage due to hurricanes and storms in New Orleans.
The work includes the construction of dikes and gates and improvements to four pumping stations at the edge of the river to contain flooding.
AirportLink Metrorail Extension
AirportLink is a 3.9-kilometer extension of Metrorail, the intermodal transport service of MIC (Miami Intermodal Center). The development connects the urban center of Miami with the International Airport, freeing up the surrounding streets.
The project presented some “incredible challenges,” according to the jurors of the ENR Global Best Projects Awards, such as the passage of railroad lines, highways and navigation routes.
The project included the construction of two kilometers of rails, with trains that connect the Miami International Airport to the MIC (Miami Intermodal Center) car rental center. The construction work was completed on the date and at the cost previously established and earned the award OSHA´s Voluntary Protection Program Star for Workplace Health and Safety.
Inaugurated in September 2012, MIA Mover reaches a speed of 65 kilometers per hour and has the capacity to transport more than 3,000 passengers per hour.