WindFloat Atlantic offshore wind farm

This is the first commercial offshore wind farm in operation in southern Europe. Located 20 km off the coast of the Portuguese town of Viana do Castelo, it comprises three high-power wind turbines (8.5 MW each), installed on large floating platforms. Assembly of the turbine on a floating platform achieves one of the main competitive advantages of this type of solution since it can be assembled while at port, benefiting from onshore conditions that facilitate a whole battery of advantages in terms of economy, logistics and safety. Once assembled at port, the floating wind-turbine platform is towed by tugboat to its final operating position. The first of the three WINDFLOAT ATLANTIC units is already installed at its final location, while the other two are being assembled in the Outer Harbour of Ferrol in A Coruña. TYPSA provided technical assistance services during the operation design phases, as well as on-site supervision...

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TYPSA on LOI 130 International Architectural Competition first pr...

TYPSA and its subsidiary MC2 are part of the team that has won first prize in the European Commission’s International Architectural Competition for the design of the LOI 130 office complex in Brussels, together with the architects Rafael de la Hoz, Perkins & Will and Latz+Partner. The Loi 130 competition to replace ageing Commission premises in Brussels is the first of this type to be launched from the EU capital. The new buildings are part of the Loi urban project in Brussels and must fulfil the set objectives based on sustainability and energy efficiency. Construction will generate 50% less emissions and the new buildings will consume 70% less energy compared to the Commission’s existing offices. The project will be built in two phases; the first between 2025 and 2030 and the second between 2030 and 2035. The complex will have two main towers for about 5,200 people as well as...

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Widening the cable-stayed bridge over the Rande strait: an engine...

The AP-9 Atlantic Motorway crosses the Vigo estuary via the 400-metre-span, cable-stayed Rande Bridge. Widening the Rande Bridge forms part of the motorway expansion works that will achieve a 42% capacity increase and address rising traffic volumes. The works to widen the iconic Rande Bridge were the most spectacular of all the widening works between O Morrazo and Teis, due to their technical complexity. They were based on three fundamental design considerations: maximum use of the existing bridge structure, zero impact on traffic and road safety, and zero environmental impact on the estuary. The design solution comprises a new carriageway in each direction added to both external sides of the existing deck, thus widening the bridge capacity from two to three lanes in each direction. The new carriageways are suspended by two new families of stays anchored to the towers using a special steel box structure. Works were carried out...

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Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid. Spain

The new Wanda Metropolitano football stadium is the result of the refurbishment and expansion of the old La Peineta athletics stadium, which was completed in 1994. TYPSA developed the detailed design and provided construction supervision assistance for the structure and the foundations. The brief also included collaborating with the roof designer on the roof-to-structure interface. The stadium expansion had to address very specific functional and technical constraints such as UEFA and FIFA recommendations, evacuation safety requirements and optimum visibility. The many demands of football as a source of entertainment also had to be taken into account to provide spectators with a good view and proximity to the field, VIP boxes, shops, restaurants, a museum and so on. The stadium has a capacity for 68,000 spectators and the expansion increases the original 58,500 sq m GFA by 83,100 sq m, generating a total area of 141,600 sq m. Large reinforced-concrete radial...

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I-15 Express Lanes Project in Riverside, California, USA

Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and its partners in the project, the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, are carrying out substantial improvements on a stretch of Interstate Highway I-15, with a USD 471 million investment. A design and build contract was awarded to a consortium comprising the construction companies Skanska and Ames, and the engineering firm AZTEC-TYPSA, which is responsible for carrying out the engineering design. This highway is one of the USA’s major north-south routes. It crosses 6 states and is an essential truck/passenger route between the Canadian border, in the state of Montana, and southern California. The project consists of the construction of two median express lanes (HOV lanes) in both directions, along a corridor approximately 14.6 miles long. This new highway configuration involves widening a total of 11 existing bridges and viaducts, one of them 560 m long, and implementing environmental measures such...

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