Integrated firm AECOM has clocked up over a million lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free hours at the Kasane International Terminal project, where it is providing consulting and supervision services for the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana.
The AECOM project team, which oversaw the achievement of this stellar record, comprises project director Stuart Proudfoot, project manager Jaco Theron, resident engineer Adriaan Badenhorst and safety manager Clint Summers. The site team adopted a hands-on approach in the accomplishment of this achievement, delivering toolbox talks for the workforce and being proactive in its dealings with the main contractor.
“I am very proud of the entire team on this project. We set targets from the outset, with our motto being ‘No injuries under my watch’,” says Proudfoot.
He notes that the team led by example to ensure that everyone went home safely at the end of every work day.
This achievement was guided by AECOM’s ‘Safety for Life’, a comprehensive internal programme outlining the company’s commitment to achieving zero work-related injuries and/or illnesses, preventing damage to property and the environment, and maintaining an environment-friendly and sustainable workplace.
In addition to this, AECOM implements a ‘Culture of Caring’ mandate, which sets an expectation for each employee, contractor and business partner to take personal responsibility for keeping his or her colleagues, and others associated with the project, work safe.
The new terminal building at Kasane is expected to be operational in the early part of this year. It is in the final stage of an extensive overall upgrade project that is projected for completion by mid-2017. This structure will cater for the future growth of the airport and boost its capacity for more frequent international flights.
Construction works for the airside facilities included upgrading the existing 2 120 m × 30 m runway to a 3 000 m × 45 m surfaced runway, as well as a new apron to accommodate three large aircraft and several smaller nonscheduled aircraft. The airside construction works were completed in April 2013.
However, passenger flow increased beyond the capacity of the existing 1 300 m² terminal building, which needed to be upgraded urgently. The AECOM design team was appointed for the entire scope of the project, including architecture, project management, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, fire services and piping.
General contractor Stefanutti Stocks Botswana was appointed as the main contractor of the new buildings in October 2014. The airport has remained functional since the start of construction, with the site team meeting regularly with the client in order to plan works around aircraft movements.
AECOM designs, builds, finances and operates infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organisations in more than 150 countries. The company is regarded as the ideal consultant for the Kasane International Terminal project.