Genie booms build waste plant with ski slope roof

Genie-branded Terex aerial work platforms assist with the cladding of a remarkable waste-to-energy plant incorporating an 85m-high ski slope

Built on Copenhagen's waterfront, the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant features a rooftop ski slope running down to ground level.
Built on Copenhagen's waterfront, the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant features a rooftop ski slope running down to ground level.
Two Genie Z-135/70 booms assist with the preparation of the façade.
Two Genie Z-135/70 booms assist with the preparation of the façade.
A 57m Genie SX-180 boom works on one of the 10mx2.5m façade sections.
A 57m Genie SX-180 boom works on one of the 10mx2.5m façade sections.

Three Genie (Terex) aerial work platforms (AWP) have proved instrumental in the assembly of the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant – complete with an integrated ski slope – currently being built in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The plant, designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, will have the capacity to recycle 400,000 tonnes of garbage annually into electricity and heat for up to 170,000 households, while its rooftop will host an 85m-high ski slope running from its summit to ground level.

The project is being funded by the Amager Ressource Centre (ARC), an organization owned by five Danish municipalities and will replace a neighbouring 45-year-old predecessor plant due to be demolished upon completion of the new facility in 2017.

The Genie machines have been deployed to assist with the installation of the 26,000m2 of façade, which is made up of 1.5-tonne thermal, acoustic and waterproof cladding components designed, produced and now being installed by Czech Republic-based façade specialists Sipral.

Due to the pipe work that had already been built into the interior of the plant, Sipral had to install its components from the exterior of the building, for which it relied on a unique combination of six mast climbers and two bespoke monorail hoist systems.

However, as a result of delays in the building’s construction, two-thirds of the way through the job the subcontractor found itself with just eight months left to complete the façade according to the schedule.

Sipral turned to Kranpunkten, a Scandinavian rental firm, which recommended the lease of three Genie booms, including a telescopic Genie SX-180 super boom – capable of extending to a height of 57m or 24.4m horizontally – and two articulating Genie Z-135/70 booms – capable of extending to a height of 43m or 18m horizontally, with 23m of up-and-over clearance.

The final phase of the cladding process involved the positioning and installing the decorative outer layer comprised of 3,250 aluminium brick-style cassettes each weighing 80kg.

Here, the Genie booms were particularly critical in providing high-precision access and smooth positioning on all sides and angles of the façade.

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