Bauer completes piling for Louvre Abu Dhabiby Ben Roberts on Aug 24, 2010
Bauer International, the German foundation specialist, has completed the final pilings for the Louvre Abu Dhabi as work continues on Saadiyat Island off the coast off the UAE capital.
The company has been working on the site of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District since March to place 4,536 pilings, around 100 kilometres of steel and reinforced concrete pile sections, according to the Tourism Development & Investment Company, the state-backed master development in charge of a number of big projects in the emirate.
Lee Tabler, CEO of TDIC, said the company is “delighted” to see piling work near completion on schedule. “This is a significant moment in the delivery of this monumental institution as we look ahead to completion in 2013,” he said. “The next key milestone will be the development of the substructure beginning in the last quarter of 2010, along with the main contracts works.”
The Louvre Abu Dhabi will be the first cultural centre to be finished within the Saadiyat Island Cultural District, and was designed by Jean Nouvel. The project broke ground in March 2009. Today’s milestone follows first package of enabling works, also executed by Bauer International, completed in January 2010 after 503 km3 of earth had been excavated for the museum basement.
It will be eventually joined by Guggenheim Abu Dhabi – which will be the biggest of its kind in the world – and the Zayed National Museum. Piling work for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi has just begun, says TDIC.
The placement of the 1,400 piles for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be carried out by Al Habtoor/HSSG JV and is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2011. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi concrete works tender package is due out before end of this year
AECOM, the diverse US technical support provider with a business line in project management and has just purchased Davis Langdon, is among the other companies that have worked on the Cultural District.
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