Sky Waves Pedestrian Bridges
South Runway Updates
Demolition Work Begins
December 10, 2013
A demolition company began removing the building that previously housed Dania Boat Sales. This building, the Hilton Hotel, and parking garage are in the runway protection zone of the South Runway under construction. They must be demolished to open the runway in late 2014. The protection zone must be free of any obstacles for planes to take off and land on the new runway.
Crews will demolish the hotel’s garage in January, 2014 followed by the eight-story hotel in April, 2014. The demo of the garage and removal of the debris will take about one month. It will take about five months to demolish the hotel, remove the debris, and restore the property.
The properties are located just east of I-95 and north of Griffin Road.
Broward County Aviation Department acquired the properties as part of the runway construction. They contracted with a company to demolish the buildings.
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Sky Waves Pedestrian Bridges Under Construction
November 26, 2013
|Work recently started to refurbish and remodel the four Pedestrian Bridges connecting the garages to Terminals 2, 3, and 4. The bridges are temporarily closed for construction. Signs direct travelers to the ticketing and baggage claim levels.
Bridge under construction.
|When completed in the 2nd Quarter of 2014, the bridges will serve as a visual gateway to the terminals with artwork integrated into the design. Artist Laurie Lundquist was selected in an open competition. The most dramatic design features are the “Sky Wave” roof canopy, openness, lighting, and curved guardrails. Waves, wind, and motion inspired the design creating a structure that communicates a sense of enjoyment.
Artist rendering of completed bridge.
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South Runway Updates
September 25, 2013
The construction of the South Runway is about a year away from substantial completion. Below is an update on the four major aspects of the project.
||Workers preparing the taxiway deck for the concrete pouring. This will be the US 1 northbound tunnel. |
1. Site Preparation & NAVAIDS Infrastructure
- The embankment (including surcharge) is over 80 feet above the ground in some locations.
- Overall, 60 percent of the total embankment for the runway is in place.
- Forty-nine percent of the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall in place as of July 30, 2013.
- The MSE Wall has been installed up to 50 feet high.
- Permanent closure of the Diagonal Runway (13-31).
- Clearing and grubbing is complete.
- Removal of asphalt pavement is complete.
- Removal of existing drainage has started.
- Ground improvements have started.
2. Runway Structures (As of August 25, 2013)
- Crews have installed about 43 percent of the structure support beams.
- About 89 percent of the runway walls and caps have been installed.
- Approximately 98 percent of concrete piles have been installed.
- About 76 percent of the taxiway walls, columns and caps are complete.
- 10th Street is 99 percent complete.
- 7th Avenue is 90 percent complete.
- Demo of the former southbound US-1 exit is complete.
- Construction has started on the new southbound US-1 exit.
- Braided Ramp construction is 15 percent complete.
3. Runway and Taxiway Paving, Lighting, Signage & Marking
- Project awarded to Archer-Western for $87.7 million.
- Concrete Batch Plant was assembled.
- Testing concrete samples.
- Paving will start in October.
This aspect of the project involves:
- 477,000 square yards of concrete paving
- 57,000 tons of bituminous paving
- 510,000 square feet of runway/taxiway painting
- 154,000 square yards of pavement demolition
- 850,000 linear feet of electrical cable
4. Demo of Hilton Hotel & Dania Boat Sales
- Hilton Hotel:
i. Demolition starts April 1, 2014
ii. Estimated Substantial Completion May 16, 2014
- Demolition of the Dania Boat Sales starts after November 15, 2013
- Demolition of the Hilton Hotel parking structure starts after December 15, 2013
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Read Past Stories
Concrete Plant Assembled On-Site
Radar Tower Demolished
Milestones Reached in Construction
Partial Closure of the Greenbelt
South Runway Expansion Update
Ramp Opens from Airport to Port Everglades
New Navigational Aid
U.S. 1 Lane Shift