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Cleared for Takeoff

Phoenix's Sky Train Project Takes Flight

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“Phase one will create 5,900 total jobs, employing 2,000 construction craftspeople,” says Hensel Phelps operations manager Allan Bliesmer. “Roughly 350 contractors will be working on 28 different design packages. It was the airport’s objective to generate as much economic activity as possible by breaking the project into several bid packages.”

Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. is providing Sky Train’s 18 Innovia automated rubber-tired electric trains under a $186-million design-build contract. The company also has a separate $69-million, 10-year operate-maintain contract.

The Weitz Co., Des Moines, Iowa, is Bombardier’s prime contractor, overseeing electrical and mechanical work as well as construction of a 30-ft-tall, 50,000-sq-ft concrete-tilt-wall operations, maintenance and storage building on 20 acres east of the airport.

“We are confident this people mover project will serve as a role model for other cities and airports seeking modern transit solutions,” says Michael Fetsko, Bombardier transportation vice president.

Each 54-person capacity, 31,747-lb driverless car travels up to 37 mph for a 12-minute round-trip. Cars are powered by a direct-current electrified third guideway rail and can be linked into four-car trains. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s SkyLink and London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 also use Innovia train technology.






Key Players

Owner: City of Phoenix Aviation Dept.

Program Manager: URS Corp.

Facilities Design Engineer: Gannett Fleming Inc.

Architect: HOK Inc.

Civil Engineer: Kimley-Horn and Associates

MEP Engineer: Dinter Engineering Co.

Construction Manager: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Train Contractor: Bombardier Inc.

Subcontractors: Schuff Steel; Beck Steel; HACI Mechanical; US Concrete, Precast Group; FNF; SECON; JFK Electrical Contracting; Gaylor Inc.; DP Electric; Austin Bridge & Road; Suntec Concrete

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