News & Notes
Vol. 33
Summer 2005
Kajima around the World

From the Philippines
Artist's rendering of a tollgate
Artist's rendering of a tollgate
Order Worth 24 Billion yen Awarded for Highway Construction in the Philippines

A consortium in which Kajima is participating has won an order worth about 24 billion yen for expressway construction from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA)of the Republic of the Philippines in a public tender in which four consortia participated.In April, the consortium began construction of Package 1 (Subic-Clark section)of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway Project in Central Luzon.

Currently, redevelopment of military base sites returned by the U.S.armed forces is underway at the Subic Bay Special Economic and Freeport Zone and the Clark Special Economic Zone located in Central Luzon, a region of Luzon, the Philippines' most populous island. Meanwhile, an industrial park developed by Japanese companies has begun operation in Tarlac, the principal city in Central Luzon.

The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway Project in Central Luzon is an undertaking to build a 95-kilometer (60-mile) expressway to link Subic Bay, Clark, and Tarlac.Construction on Package 1 of the project, to be handled by the Kajima consortium, involves building a 50-kilometer (30-mile)stretch of a four-lane expressway (with two lanes in each direction)passing through hilly terrain at the base of the Mt.Pinatubo volcano to link Subic Bay and Clark, as well as incidental work.The highway is expected to contribute to the social and economic development of the Central Luzon region and alleviate over-concentration in the Manila capital region.The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)has provided a Special Yen (ODA)loan for this project.
From the United States
New Corporate Office for Mitsubishi International Corporation New Corporate Office for Mitsubishi International Corporation

KCS/KAI provided Design/Build Services for the new 7,000-square-meter (75,000-square-foot)interior fit-out of the corporate offices for Mitsubishi International Corporation (MIC).This intricate project consisted of work done in two buildings across the street from each other to provide MIC with the space needed to maintain operations throughout renovation and construction of its new offices.

The project included executive office suites and a new reception area with high-end finishes, corporate offices and other facilities.MIC wanted to creatively modernize its work spaces, with an open-floor plan and modular systems to easily accommodate changes to its environment.For example, its boardroom conference table was created by assembling several smaller tables, which permit rearrangement of the furniture to create a training area in the same space, making better use of the space.

MIC has complemented Kajima's design and quality of work.The highest form of praise is to be recommended by one's client to others, and MIC has repeatedly recommended Kajima as the design/builder for new spaces to other companies with whom MIC works.
From Japan
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game " at Fullcast Stadium Miyagi

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles are Japan's first professional baseball expansion franchise in 50 years. Miyagi Stadium in Sendai, the new club's home ballpark, has been reborn as Fullcast Stadium Miyagi following renovation work involving design and construction by Kajima. The aim of the renovation was to create a fun-filled home ballpark for the fans of a team with a loyal following in the Tohoku region.
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game " at Fullcast Stadium Miyagi
(Photo credit: SANKEI SPORTS)
Miyagi Stadium was constructed in 1950. Although the facility had undergone partial renovation, it had deteriorated considerably owing to its advanced age. For this reason, renovation work required on-the-spot decisions adapted to the circumstances. For instance, water seepage through the floor was a severe problem, and waterproofing work was an urgent necessity. Accordingly, Kajima put in place a unified structure to facilitate rapid and smooth design and construction, assigning a design team to the site on a full-time basis. Under this system, following ad hoc meetings with the client, plans were rapidly drawn up and work undertaken immediately.

The project was divided into two phases and the work performed in stages. Phase 1 was completed in March 2005, and Phase 2 is scheduled for completion in March 2006. A team of stadium construction experts was fully mobilized for Phase 1 work, which was completed in the ultra-short construction period of 110 days during the period from December 1, 2004 to March 20, 2005.

This past winter, Sendai experienced unprecedentedly heavy snowfall, which necessitated the addition of snow removal as a construction process. When the weather forecast called for snow, the work schedule was brought forward one day and the effect of the snow minimized by means of rush work. Moreover, from late January the pace of work was stepped up and proceeded around the clock. In this way, work that would ordinarily require 18 months was completed in an extraordinarily short time.
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game " at Fullcast Stadium Miyagi
Contract Agreement Concluded for Haneda Airport Re-Extension Project Contract Agreement Concluded for Haneda Airport Re-Extension Project

A Kajima-led multi-industry consortium recently won a contract from Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for Tokyo International Airport Runway D Construction Work. A contract agreement for the project was concluded on March 29. The ministry has scheduled the new runway to go into operation in 2009, and the consortium plans to begin detailed design in April this year and to start construction in spring 2006. The consortium consists of 15 companies: Kajima, Obayashi, Penta-Ocean Construction, Saeki Kensetsu Kogyo, Shimizu, Nippon Steel, JFE Engineering, Taisei, TOA, Toyo Construction, Nishimatsu Construction, Maeda, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mirai Construction, and Wakachiku.

Runway D will be the fourth runway at Tokyo International Airport, also known as Haneda Airport. The new runway will be 2,500 meters (8,185 feet) in length and will run parallel to Runway B. Awarded under the design-and-build method of procurement, the project involves a hybrid construction method that combines land reclamation and steel pier construction. The project is divided into nine sections, of which Kajima is responsible for land reclamation work, connecting area construction, and jacket structure construction.
Work Boundary of the Consortium
Hakkoda Tunnel Breakthrough:The World's Longest Land Tunnel Stretches 26.5 Kilometers Hakkoda Tunnel Breakthrough:The World's Longest Land Tunnel Stretches 26.5 Kilometers

On February 27, a ceremony was held to commemorate the breakthrough of the Tohoku Shinkansen Hakkoda Tunnel, an important project to improve high-speed rail travel in northern Japan. About 600 guests who were involved in the construction attended a festive ceremony held at the breakthrough point located in the central part of the tunnel. The governor of Aomori Prefecture pushed a button to trigger a blast that removed the remaining bedrock and completed the tunnel, and traditional ceremonies were performed. These included a ceremony to mark the initial passage through the tunnel, a sake barrel opening ceremony, and other festivities.

The railway tunnel, which has an overall length of 26.5 kilometers (16 miles), is the world's longest aboveground tunnel. Construction of the tunnel began in August 1998 and progressed in stages. During construction problems such as seepage and soft ground conditions were overcome, and at last boring of the final construction section was completed. The tunnel was divided into six sections for the purpose of construction, and a Kajima joint venture was responsible for the Otsubo Section. The joint venture began construction in March 2000, and using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) constructed a ramp 738 meters (2,420 feet) in length and 4,300 meters (14,120 feet) of the main tunnel. During the construction, every consideration was given to environmental protection.

The tunnel breakthrough marks an important milestone for the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train line. Henceforth, construction will progress at a rapid pace in preparation for commencement of high-speed service between Hachinohe Station and Shin-Aomori Station in fiscal 2010. Once service begins, the time required for travel between Tokyo Station and Aomori Station will be dramatically reduced from four hours to about three hours.
Vol. 33
Summer 2005
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