Strukton Worksphere to upgrade the E Gate at Schiphol
The E Gate will also be upgraded. Undisrupted operations and a focus on safety and comfort characterise this project, awarded to Strukton Worksphere.
Undisrupted operations for Schiphol and a focus on safety and comfort for travellers characterise this project, awarded to Strukton Worksphere. Siebolt Bennema (Director Schiphol Airport Project Office) and Evert Lemmen (CEO Strukton Worksphere) signed the contract for the upgrade of Schiphol's E Gate.
With the Gate Upgrade project, travelling via Schiphol will become even more enjoyable. The E Gate will also be upgraded, including maximum waiting comfort with new seats and workstations, luxury public conveniences, renovated hospitality and retail facilities and 3D-printed terrazzo floors. The experience and knowledge acquired by Strukton Worksphere in previous projects at the airport, including the upgrade of the D, F and G Gates, will be used to ensure smooth project implementation. Work on the E Gate will start after the construction industry holiday.
A special feature of this project is that it will be implemented entirely airside (secure area). This gives it an extra dimension. Furthermore, Strukton Worksphere is responsible for both the architectural work and all the installations (electrical and mechanical engineering). The integrated implementation in an operational environment and the integration into the existing buildings and systems demands extensive knowledge and expertise. Strukton Worksphere will carry out the engineering, planning and logistics for the upgrade of the E Gate entirely in a BIM environment.
A specific feature of the E Gate is that work will frequently be carried out over the baggage areas. It is a challenge to avoid disrupting this logistics process, the heart of the airport's service operation, involving tens of thousands of pieces of luggage each day. In addition, two new washrooms will be constructed at the E Gate. Naturally, just like the upgrade of the D, F and G Gates, custom boarding and de-boarding solutions will be used. This will help achieve an optimum balance between restricting inconvenience on the one hand and maximising the use of the gates on the other hand. An extensive phasing plan and schedule is part of Strukton Worksphere's approach. In drawing up this plan, attention for passengers and retail and hospitality facilities was a prime focus. After all, the Gate Upgrade project is all about the experience of passengers who want to wait for boarding in peace, luxury and comfort.
In relation to the implementation of centralised security controls, Strukton Worksphere in 2015 delivered the overlayered G Gate and the associated GH building. The experience and knowledge acquired by Strukton Worksphere in previous projects at the airport, including the upgrade of the F and G gates and the current upgrade of the D Gate, will be used to ensure smooth project implementation.