At Constructora MECO, we are really proud to take firm steps in important projects in Colombia, one of the South American countries with strongest growth in construction of high quality infrastructure.
By the end of 2014, the Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aviation of the Government of Colombia awarded Constructora MECO four expansion projects and construction works at various airports in the country, of which 3 correspond to international airports: Hacaritama de Aguachica, Camilo Daza de Cúcuta (North of Santander), Alfredo Vásquez Cobo (city of Leticia-Amazonas) and Simon Bolivar, in Santa Margarita-Magdalena.
In each of the projects, the participation of Constructora MECO is a 70%; while the Colombian partner holds 30%. All the projects will be lead and executed under ISO 9001 and OSHAS 18001 standards, the ones MECO implements in all its works.
The total amount for the “Hacaritama” Airport Aguachica – Cesar reaches $ 13.5 million for the construction of the track and complementary infrastructure works. It is expected that re-leveling works of safety strips, a heliport and taxiway, drainage and parallel canals to the track can be ready in 16 months, as well as the installation of the necessary visual aids for the proper operation of the airport.
The project for Camilo Daza Airport in Cúcuta includes works worth $ 25.7 million for the construction of the runway, safety zones, shift platforms, Charlie taxiway, construction of access roads to the fire department, update works to visual and navigational aids, and retaining wall, among others. The modernization works are projected to serve an additional capacity of nearly 600.000 passengers a year and it is estimated that, with the expansion of the airport, approximately 2.5 million passengers can be served annually.
In the banks of the Amazon River, on the border with Perú and Brazil, a new era for tourist attraction in Colombia starts: the works that will be developed at Alfredo Vásquez Cobo Airport, in the city of Leticia reach $ 64.3 million and include – among others- the new passenger terminal located east of the existing building, with an area of 10,887 m2; perimeter sidewalks; a new 9-story control tower, access roads and parking.
The works at Simón Bolívar Airport in Santa Marta-Magdalena, awarded in the amount of $ 14.3 million includes the expansion of Flexible Pavement Headers; re-leveling works of safety stripes; extension of the taxiway; extension of the runway, drains and canals; Edge and Threshold track lights and environmental compensation. “We are going to provide Santa Marta with a cutting-edge terminal which will favorably impact on competitiveness and tourism in the city and the Department”; Vargas Lleras said.
Certainly, to grant these projects to Constructora MECO, the Colombian government assessed the capability and experience of Constructora MECO in the field of airport construction in Central America that allowed us to pre-qualify and be awarded. These projects are the incentive to venture into Perú and Ecuador, keeping Colombia our base of operations in this region.