Japan's Kansai International Airport is being built on 1,263 acres of reclaimed land in 59-ft-deep water in Osaka Bay. It was believed that the subsoil under the man-made island would not settle as much as some consultants had predicted. This was proved wrong, and materials and labor for additonal fill on the island has set back the opening date 15 months to summer 1994, and added between 10% and 12% to the original $7.7 billion cost. The early planning of the airport, and highlights of its design are described. The airport buildings are built with jacks on the basement columns to compensate for the consolidation of subsoil under the island fill. Landfill reached an overall depth of 108 ft in 59 ft of water to allow for settlement. The terminal will have an aerodynamic roof designed to match the curve of the circulating airstream. Basement jacks will enable shims to level the building.

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    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Normile, D
  • Publication Date: 1992-4-13

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 22-26
  • Serial:
    • ENR
    • Volume: 228
    • Issue Number: 15
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0891-9526

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  • Accession Number: 00621079
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1992 12:00AM