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Old Posted Jul 22, 2019, 8:56 AM
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Source: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3749551

Underfunded Terminal 3 at Taoyuan Intl. Airport at risk of design revision

Price tag for complex design warding off potential investors

By Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2019/07/22 16:40

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Construction on Taoyuan International Airport’s third terminal began in 2017, with an expected completion date of 2023. However, reports indicate that the complexity of the design is proving to be an obstacle to completing the project on schedule.

The visually stunning design was originally selected as part of an international architecture competition with the aim of creating a top of the line international airport terminal. However, contractors are now running into problems and delays as the project has failed to secure an adequate amount of investment.

According to Wang Ming-de (王明德), the CEO of the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation, the project is still moving forward. However, without adequate investment, it will be necessary to either adapt the design or delay the project until investment is secured.

The terminal was designed by the Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners firm, and selected as the winning design in the 2016 competition. However, the streamlined façade, skylight ceiling, and noise reducing building materials required for the design put the total price tag in the area of NT$78.9 billion (US$2.5 billion), reports CTS News.

However, a budget of only half that amount has been secured (NT$34 billion). Unless investors and contractors are willing to come on board and take up the challenge soon, the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation will begin considering how to simplify the design to meet current budget restrictions.
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Old Posted Aug 9, 2019, 3:14 AM
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14 pages of replies from a thread started in 2008 tells us everything we need to know about the clusterfuck this project is....

Talk about throwing away a winning hand
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Old Posted Aug 17, 2019, 8:42 PM
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Design change for 3rd terminal of Taoyuan airport vital: minister

Source: http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201908150012.aspx

2019/08/15 18:31:35

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) demanded a design change Thursday for the third terminal of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport so that construction of its main building can start quickly.

"Now that the government has increased the budget for the project ... the original design must be modified to allow construction of the project to be kick started as soon as possible," Lin told the media.

"The bid to seek a constructor to carry out the project has failed (three times) because of its sophisticated design, and we have asked the design consultant company to make a change within six months to attract bidders to the project," he noted.

"If it fails to meet our demand, we will consider terminating the contract with the design consultant company," he added.

Lin said an effective solution must be worked out to deal with the problem, while peripheral projects such as aprons and taxiways that have been launched since May 2017 are to be halted for the time being.

Asked whether construction of the third terminal could be completed in 2023 after the timeline having been extended from 2020, Lin said that it will depend on the design changes that are made.

In 2016, London-based Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners won the bid to design the terminal in partnership with Taiwan-based CECI Engineering Consultants Inc., featuring the rooftiles used on traditional Taiwanese-style houses, the shape of Taiwan's magnificent mountain ranges and the shape of its ocean waves and seas of cloud.

It is the largest single public construction project in Taiwan to have been undertaken since the 1970s and has seen its budget increased from NT$74.7 billion (US$2.38 billion) earlier this year to NT$78.9 billion due to the complexity of the design and the lack of bidders.

(By Flor Wang and Wang Shu-fen)
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Old Posted Aug 17, 2019, 8:48 PM
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Terminal 2 bid-rigging raids round up 21

Source: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/fron.../15/2003720505

By Jason Pan / Staff Reporter
Thu, Aug 15, 2019

TAOYUAN AIRPORT:Investigators have ‘solid evidence’ of illegal financial dealings and personal profiteering, Taoyuan Deputy Chief Prosecutor Yang Ting-hong said

Judiciary investigators yesterday conducted raids in a probe involving Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and allegations of collusion, bid-rigging and kickbacks, with 21 being brought in as suspects, two of whom were detained.

Investigators have “solid evidence” of illegal financial dealings and personal profiteering, Taoyuan Deputy Chief Prosecutor Yang Ting-hong (楊挺宏) said, adding that the suspects face charges of contravening the Government Procurement Act (政府採購法), the Anti-Corruption Act (貪污治罪條例) and other criminal offenses.

The case centers on the expansion of Terminal 2 and the construction projects for the needed runways, lighting and utilities. The expansion totaled NT$4 billion (US$127.38 million at the current exchange rate), while the terminal building cost NT$2.297 billion.

Construction started in December 2015, although the projects were conducted in phases, with the main section of the expanded terminal opening in 2017.

Delays have pushed back the core project’s completion date from 2017 to January next year, according to facility operator Taoyuan International Airport Corp (TIAC, 桃園國際機場公司), which is wholly owned by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

In Tuesday’s raid, one of the largest in recent years, the Taoyuan District Prosecutors’ Office coordinated more than 100 police officers and investigators who gathered evidence at airport construction sites, TIAC offices and five construction companies — a total of 27 locations in Taipei, Taoyuan, Miaoli and Taichung.

There is evidence that some TIAC officials received kickbacks from contractors, prosecutors said.

The biggest kickback was NT$6 million on one project and allegedly involved TIAC engineering department head Lin Wen-chen (林文楨), 58, and a TIAC engineer, surnamed Wu (吳), 45, the prosecutors said.

Lin and Wu are believed to have played leading roles, as both were detained yesterday.

After questioning, the other 19 suspects — including another TIAC engineer, surnamed Lee (李), and TIAC officials, as well as executives and staff of five construction companies — were released after posting bail of NT$20,000 to NT$300,000.

Prosecutors said that Lin and Wu, along with the TIAC officials, leaked the details of tender projects and helped contractors rig their bids in exchange for kickbacks of more than NT$30 million — although some reports have said that the amount was more than NT$100 million.

The suspected construction companies include CECI Engineering Consultants (台灣世曦公司), a subsidiary of China Engineering Consultants Inc (CECI, 中華顧問工程司), a government foundation under ministry management; CTCI Smart Engineering Corp (益鼎工程), part of CTCI Corporation (中鼎工程); and New Asia Co (新亞建設).

Surveillance began in 2017 after leaking roofs, flooding and burst toilet pipes plagued the newly opened Terminal 2 and investigators got tip-offs from TIAC staff about engineering shortcuts and the use of inferior construction materials, Yang said.

There were also tip-offs about contractors giving officials kickbacks in exchange for rigged bids and other financial irregularities on runway projects, the terminal building, and the water and electrical works, he said.

Asked about the case, New Power Party Legislator Huang Kuo-chang (黃國昌) said: “No wonder Taiwan’s gateway to the world is dubbed an international joke, filled with shoddy construction, and the runways are worse than those in some third world countries.
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Old Posted Aug 18, 2019, 8:25 AM
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Any excuse?
Taoyuan International Airport is probably the worst airport for a country has over 20,000 US dollars per capita.
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Old Posted Aug 20, 2019, 8:25 AM
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Originally Posted by williamchung taiwan View Post
Any excuse?
Taoyuan International Airport is probably the worst airport for a country has over 20,000 US dollars per capita.
Taoyuan Airport, outside of these leaks that I've never experienced, has always been a nice airport. Good facilities, good service, good amenities. Clean, modern, and easy to access to Taipei.

I would put Taoyuan Airport over Heathrow, CDG, and any airport in the United States, with an emphasis on LAX, O'hare, and JFK.
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