Creative solution improves safety at Portland International Airport
KENNESAW, Ga., Dec. 9, 2020 – BrandSafway was named the 2020 winner of the Commercial Collaborative Project of the Year Award from the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA), the premier professional organization in the industry. This unique project was engineered and designed in collaboration with Universal Manufacturing Corp. and HAKI Ltd. to provide safe access during the expansion of Terminal C at the Portland International Airport (PDX).
“The SAIA Commercial Collaborative Project of the Year Award recognizes our ability to meet unique access and safety requirements,” said Jerry Dolly, general manager of BrandSafway’s Infrastructure Services Group. “We were also able to save the customer significant time and costs in comparison to other proposed solutions. I am extremely proud of our team’s work on the Portland Airport project.”
At an estimated cost of $2 billion, the Portland International Airport terminal expansion and renovation plan, called PDX Next, is an ambitious five-year project with the goal of increasing passenger handling capacity from 6 million to 34 million. The first portion of the project is focused on expanding Terminal C, an effort that requires demolishing one end of the building without inhibiting the flow of up to 10,000 daily passengers. Hoffman Skanska, the general contractor for the project, had to ensure a safe and unimpeded flow of passenger traffic in every kind of weather.
To deliver safe access for travelers without hindering construction, BrandSafway provided temporary public access stairs, the only temporary stair system available in North America that meets International Building Code (IBC) requirements, paired with a custom accessibility ramp that meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Custom-engineered for the project, the stairs were coated in two layers of marine-grade epoxy, a coating traditionally used in shipbuilding, to make them water-resistant, increase durability, and lock in slip-resistant broadcast grit. To provide protection from the elements for passengers, BrandSafway constructed a temporary HAKI weather enclosure around the area.
“Keeping the public safe was our primary concern,” said Derrick Beneville, project manager at Hoffman Skanska. “We needed the right solution to keep this billion-dollar project moving forward. We’ve known and trusted BrandSafway for years. So, it was no surprise they came up with a winning solution, which surpassed our expectations.”
With a commitment to safety as its foremost value, BrandSafway provides the broadest range of solutions with the greatest depth of expertise to the industrial, commercial and infrastructure markets. Through a network of 340 strategic locations across 30 countries and more than 38,000 employees, BrandSafway delivers a full range of forming, shoring, scaffolding, work access and industrial service solutions. BrandSafway supports maintenance and refurbishment projects as well as new construction and expansion plans with unmatched service from expert local labor and management. Today’s BrandSafway is At Work For You™ — leveraging innovation and economies of scale to increase safety and productivity, while remaining nimble and responsive. For more information about BrandSafway, visit www.brandsafway.com.
The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) is a nonprofit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. Founded in 1972, the SAIA provides safety education to thousands of contractors through its seminars and training courses. The SAIA represents all facets of the scaffold and access industry. Through its various programs, the SAIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SAIA delivers thousands of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SAIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard, SAIA ASC A92 and A11 standards. For more information, call 816-595-4860 or visit www.saiaonline.org.
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