Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) is developing Saadiyat Island as a premier destination. The island will be home to four major museums, world-class hotels, two golf courses, and a new urban development. Saadiyat Island is located offshore of Abu Dhabi city.
TDIC selected Parsons to design and supervise construction of the gateway to the island: Sheikh Khalifa Bridge. With 10 lanes (5 in each direction) and capacity for 2 future light rail lines, the bridge is one of the largest in the Middle East.
The 1.5-km-long bridge has a main span of 200 m across a shipping passage, and the design chosen for the substructure main span of the bridge is an asymmetrical "V" pier. The boldness of the form combined with elegant sweeping curves creates a composition of strength that is appropriate for the bridge. Subtle architectural features on the faces of the piers and the superstructure reinforce the visual profile of the bridge and reduce the overall visual mass of the structure. Likewise, the form of the superstructure has been sculpted to create a sleek and streamlined appearance that masks the massiveness of this structure.
The central spans were constructed using the cast-in-place balanced cantilever segmental concrete construction method. The Abu Dhabi approach was built using the incremental launching method and the Saadiyat Island approaches were cast-in-place on scaffolding.
Jason Hatcher was employed as a Lead Senior Draftsman by Parsons from September 2001 - June 2007. During that time, Jason was the lead draftsman for the Sheikh Khalifa Bridge and was responsible for several production tasks, including;
- Supervision of the production of all design drawings
- Constructability review of the superstructure