All Aboard The PHX Sky Train

first_imgFor more information on PHX Sky Train, visit Sky Harbors’ website at skyharbor.com/about/automatedtrain.html.AZRE Magazine May/June 2012 PHX Sky Train Stage 1 at Sky Harbor is a moving example of Hensel Phelps’ grand presence and reputation in ArizonaAsk Allan Bliesmer what’s most special about the $644M PHX Sky Train project, and his answer isn’t that surprising.“The team effort toward a common goal,” responds Bliesmer, operations manager for Hensel Phelps Construction Co., general contractor for the Stage 1 fixed facilities of the massive project at Sky Harbor International Airport. “The city, designer, and Hensel Phelps addressed each challenge with a solutions-orientated approach.“The people involved in the project refrained from developing or maintaining personal agendas, and worked together, utilizing each member’s expertise, to develop the best design and construction solutions for the project.”Once Hensel Phelps was selected as construction manager for the first phase of the train’s stations and elevated guide-way tracks, preliminary work began and lasted 20 months — from June 2008 to February 2010. (Bombardier Transportation was chosen as the system provider).Stage 1 — a 1.7-mile stretch — will transport airport visitors and employees between METRO light rail, east economy parking and Terminal 4, which serves 80% of Sky Harbor’s passengers. Stage 1 is scheduled for completion in 2Q 2012.What was it about the company that helped Hensel Phelps land such a historic project? Prior to the start of the PHX Sky Train project, Bliesmer says, Hensel Phelps had just completed the automated train project at the Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport. The Dallas-Ft. Worth system was installed throughout the entire airport and spanned a total of 5 miles in length with 8 stations.In addition, Hensel Phelps has completed billions of dollars of aviation work around the country including automated train systems, terminals, hangars, administration facilities, rental car facilities, air traffic control towers and parking structures at a number of airports.But one feature that makes PHX Sky Train different from other projects is a 350- foot bridge that carries the train above an active taxiway that is large enough for a 747 to pass through. An article in a national construction magazine boasted that the project “features many innovative design elements,” including the bridge.“The Taxiway R crossing is a unique item not generally featured at other airports around the world,” Bliesmer says. “In order to maintain full use of the taxiway, the design had to accommodate a ‘bridge’ that would not encumber the use of the largest aircraft planned at the airport.“To satisfy this, a 350-foot cast in-place concrete ‘bridge,’ at an elevation of 80 feet above grade, was incorporated to provide the necessary clearance. Another innovative approach was the use of precast tub girders in lieu of cast in-place concrete structural elements for a majority of the guideway structure,” Bliesmer adds. “The use of precast allowed the construction team to minimize the real estate needed on the ground to install shoring required for a traditional cast in-place concrete approach, resulting in minimization of issues associated with public access, airport operations and safety.”The automated train was a necessity. Sky Harbor serves 42M passengers a year, and the number is projected to rise to 40M to 50M in 2013. The goal is to remove about 20,000 cars and trucks — up to 20% of the traffic circling Sky Harbor — from the airport area. The project is also a boon to the local economy. Stage 1 has created an estimated 6,000 jobs.What are some of the challenges Hensel Phelps faced?“The primary challenge with the integration of such a large construction project into an active airport,” Bliesmer explains, “is completing the work without causing interruption to the airport and airline operations, as well as maintaining safe access by public and airport employees.”In order to accomplish public safety and minimize any impact to the airport operations and airline operations, much of the work activity is conducted during night-time hours when flight activity and public access at the airport is at a minimum, Bliesmer adds.Stage 2, which will continue through the airport to the rental car center, was scheduled for completion in 2020. But last June, the Phoenix City Council voted to move up completion of a .6-mile section to connect Terminal 4 with Terminal 3, along with a walkway for passengers to access Terminal 2, to early 2015. Final cost of the project: $1.5B.“The state-of-the-art system installed at Sky Harbor is the latest and greatest in the industry,” Bliesmer says proudly. “Having the opportunity to work with the City of Phoenix and the aviation team at Sky Harbor has furthered Hensel Phelps’ experience and recognition throughout the industry.”[stextbox]PHX SKY TRAIN BY THE NUMBERS14M: Pounds of precast concrete12M: Pounds of structural steel5,000: Drawings issued for construction340: Subcontracts issued40: Miles of wiring (power cabling)[/stextbox]last_img read more

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Tom Biedebach joins Cavagna North America sales team

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High school baseball: (updates Jason Bland game times) Parkway downs Ruston; Airline’s Jason Bland…

first_imgFriday At Captain Shreve — Livonia vs. Captain Shreve, 6 Jon-Mikal Robertson had a double in Bossier’s loss to Northwood. Parkway led 5-1 after four. Ruston got within two with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. At Parkway — Captain Shreve vs. Parkway, 3:30 Brown, who entered the game with one out in the sixth, sat the Bearcats down in order in the bottom of the seventh, striking out two. Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Saturday At Byrd — Livonia vs. Byrd, 6 Here is the schedule. At Captain Shreve — Captain Shreve vs. Benton, 6 In a District 1-4A game, the Bossier Bearkats fell to Northwood 12-2 at Northwood. At Ruston, Christian Vicknair led Parkway (5-3) at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a triple. Eric Brown went 2-for-3.center_img Airline’s Jason Bland Memorial tournament starts Thursday. Thursday At Parkway — Ruston vs. Parkway, 6 At Airline — Captain Shreve vs. Texas High, 10 a.m.; Texas High vs. Parkway, 12:30 p.m.; Benton vs. Airline, 3; Haughton vs. Airline, 5:30 At Airline — Haughton vs. Texas High, 3; Texas High vs. Airline, 5:30 At Airline — Benton vs. Parkway, 4; Byrd vs. Airline, 6:30. At Haughton — Ruston vs. Haughton, 5 At Haughton — Livonia vs. Haughton, 11 a.m. Starter Collier Cloinger went five innings for the win. At Byrd — Benton vs. Byrd, 10 a.m.; Ruston vs. Byrd, 12:30 The Parkway Panthers defeated Ruston 5-3 in a non-district game Tuesday at Ruston.last_img read more

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Hewitt hauls home Arlington hardware

first_imgKarl Hewitt Jr. was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner Saturday at Arlington Raceway. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (July 21) – Karl Hewitt Jr. clinched the Eckblad Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock feature Saturday at Arlington Raceway as he led from start to finish.Hewitt was challenged by Cory Probst for 11 of the 12 laps but on lap 10, Probst dived into turn one and spun himself around causing a caution flag. He restarted at the tail and in the following two laps was able to move up to fifth.That caution gave Brad Becker a little breathing room as he challenged Hewitt for the next two laps but had to settle for second ahead of Mike Christensen.Brandon Beckendorf was the MN 93 IMCA Modified winner and Trevor Serbus topped the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature by a straightaway.Rick Mees has gotten back and dirt and got his first B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car victory of the season. Matt Looft scored the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMod victory and Scott Porter paced the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact main.last_img read more

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Caps look to regain series lead tonight at home

first_img5-5  Pittsburgh at Washington  Game 5  (Series tied 2-2)TV:  7pm   NBCLast game:  Pittsburgh defeated Washington  3-1Washington scorersT.J. Oshie-goalNicklas Bckstrom-assistEvgeny Kuznetsov-assistOvechkin-Kuznetsov-DSPStephenson-Backstrom-OshieConnolly-Eller-VranaGersich-Beagle-ChiassonKempny-CarlsonOrlov-NiskanenOrpik-DjoosPittsburgh scorersJake Guentzel-2 goalsEvgeni Malkin-goalSidney Crosby-2 assistsPlease follow and like us:last_img

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Southland Conference Announces Football Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar senior wide receiver Mark Roberts was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Abilene Christian junior cornerback Jonathan Epps earned defensive player of the week award while Lamar sophomore kicker/punter Juan Carranco was named the special teams player of the week. Defensive Player of the Week:  Jonathan Epps, Abilene ChristianEpps had two interceptions in his first career start at cornerback to help lead Abilene Christian to a 52-35 upset win against Central Arkansas. The junior from Fort Worth, Texas (Boswell H.S.), recorded his first interception late in the first half, returning it 29 yards to the ACU 35-yard line to help set up a field goal right before halftime. Epps snagged his second interception in the fourth quarter, returning it 68 yards for a touchdown to push the Wildcat lead to 45-28 with 7:50 remaining in the contest. Epps also added four tackles and one pass breakup in the win. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Honorable Mention:  DaQuan Stewart, Lamar; Michael Wade, Sam Houston State; Nick Ginn, UIW; Damon Medcafe, Northwestern State. Honorable Mention: Keshawn Hill, Sam Houston State; Kade Munden, Abilene Christian; Ed Eagan, Northwestern State.center_img Honorable Mention: Lachlan Edwards, Sam Houston State. Special Teams Player of the Week: Juan Carranco, LamarCarranco accounted for 12 of Lamar’s points in the Cardinals’ 72-14 win against Houston Baptist. The sophomore from Dayton, Texas (Dayton H.S.), went 9-for-10 in PATs while connecting on a 43-yard field goal, his lone attempt of the game. Carranco has recorded a 31-yard punt on the night. Offensive Player of the Week:  Mark Roberts, LamarRoberts had a record-setting performance in Lamar’s 72-14 win against Houston Baptist. The senior from Orange, Texas (West Orange Stark H.S.), became the school’s all-time leader in touchdown catches with 19 after his four scores against the Huskies. In one half of action, Roberts recorded 205 receiving yards and touchdown catches of 31, 61, 81 and 26 yards. Roberts tied the school record for points in a game (24) and notched the third-most receiving yards in a single game in program history.last_img read more

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Athlon Sports Names The 10 Most Explosive Running Backs Returning For 2016

first_imgAthlon Sports released a list Sunday morning of what it believes to be the 10 most explosive running backs returning for the 2016 college football season. Some of the names on the list won’t surprise you at all, but others undoubtedly will. College football’s 10 most explosive running backs returning for 2016. https://t.co/llw8KRXZTM pic.twitter.com/XwwX1MSv6S— Athlon Sports (@AthlonSports) June 12, 2016Here’s the list they came up with. Georgia Southern’s Matt BreidaFlorida State’s Dalvin CookLSU’s Leonard FournetteNew Mexico State’s Larry RoseSan Diego State’s Donald PumphreyBoise State’s Jeremy McNicholsWestern Michigan’s Jamauri BoganSouthern Mississippi’s Ito SmithNevada’s James ButlerIowa State’s Mike WarrenAthlon adds an excellent chart to explain their decisions and you can find that here.What do you think, college football fans? Are they forgetting anybody?last_img read more

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Gate terminal Aims to Load Ships Faster

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Gate terminal The Netherlands’ Gate terminal will invest to increase the ship loading flow rate at the jetties for large ships from the current 2300 m3/hour to 4000 m3/hour to lower port time for vessels. This investment will allow the terminal to load the new standard size vessels of around 180,000 m3 in less than 3 days.Gate terminal informed that the works include a de-bottlenecking of the pipeline systems used to deliver LNG from the storage tank to the ship and can be installed without a plant shutdown. The construction is scheduled to start in the summer of 2018 and will be finished after the summer of 2019.“Loading of LNG in ships and transshipment activities in North West Europe have increased over the years. The liquid spot market of LNG leads to quick successions of loading and unloading periods,” Gate terminal said.“This dynamic of the LNG market requires more flexibility and efficient operations. With this investment Gate terminal will strengthen its pivotal role as the LNG hub terminal for North West Europe.”last_img read more

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