Photo: Strukton Groep N.V. / G. Dubbelman A joint venture of Dutch contractors Strukton Groep N.V., Utrecht and Van Oord N.V., Rotterdam, on 31 May lowered and inserted a 136-meter-long, 20,000-tonne sunken-tube tunnel element into a predredged trench under Amsterdam’s historic Central Station. Thousands of timber piles were replaced by new concrete foundations to make way for the new tunnel under the adjacent IJ River and through the station. The tunnel is part of the city’s new north-south metro, scheduled to open in 2017.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan