News & Notes
Vol. 24
Spring 2003
Kajima around the World

From Japan
President Umeda delivers the welcoming address at Kajima headquarters.
Kajima Corporation Welcomes Sansan-kai, Leading to a Cordial and Informative Exchange with Taiwanese Business Leaders

Sansan-kai is an association of Taiwanese business corporations established to strengthen substantive relations amongst its member companies as well as those business ties between Taiwanese and multinational corporations. The association comprises 47 of Taiwan's most prominent companies.

In November 2002, Sansan-kai sent its seventh delegation to Japan. The group comprised 39 prominent business and government leaders, including Chairman Jeffrey L. S. Koo (Chairman and CEO of Chinatrust Commercial Bank), Senior Advisor Chiang Pin-Kung (Vice President of the Legislative Yuan), and Vice Chairman Huang Mao-Hsiung (Chairman of Teco Electric & Machinery Co., Ltd.). On November 22, the delegation visited Kajima's headquarters, marking the first-ever Sansan-kai visit to a Japanese construction company.

At Kajima, high-level corporate officers of Kajima Corporation led by the chairman and president and the presidents of Kajima affiliates greeted the delegation at a morning company briefing, a major event with more than 90 participants. At the briefing, a welcoming address given by President Sadao Umeda was followed by a lecture entitled "The Current State of the Taiwanese Economy and Future Prospects," delivered by Senior Advisor Chiang in fluent Japanese. Subsequently, Kajima Senior Managing Director Seiichiro Tomioka discussed the current state of the Company as well as that of Japan's construction industry in general, with the use of a slide and video presentation prepared in Mandarin. Afterward, the attendees adjourned to the Hotel New Otani for a luncheon and mixer. The gathering ended with an exchange of commemorative gifts and pledges to deepen the cordial relations established during the day.
From Singapore
Kajima Is Awarded the First ITE Regional Campus Project in Singapore

Kajima Overseas Asia Pte. Ltd., our subsidiary company in Singapore, has been awarded the construction of The First ITE Regional Campus at Simei Project through an open tender. The project value is estimated at approximately US$110 million.

The client, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), is a public-sector organization of the government of Singapore. Established in 1990, it facilitates the technical training and expertise of students who have completed basic education and life-time education.

The undertaking is the first regional campus project based on the master plan calling for integration of ITE's present 10 schools into three regional campuses. Design work will be carried out by the major Singapore firms RSP (architect) and Squire Mech (M&E). It consists of three seven-story school buildings with a total construction floor area of 182,500 square meters. The facility will be furnished to comply with the latest IT-related technologies to accommodate 7,000 students.

The construction project commenced on December 2002 and is expected to be completed in June 2004, with building operations beginning in January 2005.
From Africa
image Traffic Opens on the Chirundu Bridge Linking Zambia and Zimbabwe

Construction of the Chirundu Bridge, which spans the Zambezi River across the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa, has been completed in the Zambian city of Chirundu with financial assistance from the Japanese government. On December 12, 2002, an opening ceremony was held at the bridge to commemorate the successful conclusion of the three-year construction project. The gala celebration was attended by the presidents of both countries, numerous other government officials, Senior Managing Director Kazuhito Amikura of Kajima Corporation, and many other participants in the project.

Part of a central highway linking the capitals of Zambia and Zimbabwe, the Chirundu Bridge is a two-lane, three-span continuous prestressed concrete box girder bridge 400 meters long and 10.3 meters wide. Its construction involved application of many of Kajima's sophisticated bridge-building technologies. Work on the bridge began in February 2000 and was completed four months ahead of schedule.

The aging one-lane bridge that had previously linked the two countries was the source of chronic traffic jams, so users had been eagerly awaiting construction of a replacement. The completion of the new bridge is expected to bolster the friendly relations between Zambia and Zimbabwe and contribute to their future economic development.
From the United States
Kajima Completes Corporate Headquarters for The Pampered Chef

In October 2002, Kajima Construction Services, Inc. completed a 73,500-square-meter (791,000-square-foot) facility for The Pampered Chef in Addison, Illinois. IDI, a Kajima U.S.A. Inc. company, was the developer of the project. The Pampered Chef is a direct seller of professional-quality kitchen tools and pantry food items to 13 million customers, with annual sales of more than US$740 million.

Kajima provided general contracting services for the facility, which includes the company's corporate headquarters together with warehouse and distribution space. The project was an exciting one for The Pampered Chef. The facility brings together, under one roof, employees and functions that were previously housed in three different buildings, including test kitchens, training rooms, a corporate museum, and 52 truck docks. It not only facilitates the way The Pampered Chef conducts business but brings all employees together as a team.

The building is situated on 43 acres and features 54,200 square meters (583,000 square feet) of warehouse/ distribution space, with the remaining 19,300 square meters (208,000 square feet) dedicated to office space and other activities. The company must move nearly 200 products to its 67,000 independent kitchen consultants regularly, and the building serves as the perfect environment for its enhanced automated distribution technology.

Outside amenities at the completed facility include reflecting ponds, a stone bridge, and a walking path that help to create a beautiful environment which is evidence of the company's commitment to the new facility and the employees working there.
From Japan
image Fighting against Soil Contamination:
The Micro Bubbles Entraining (MBE) Method

Kajima has developed contaminated-soil remediation technology, dubbed the Micro Bubbles Entraining (MBE) method, which soaks heavily contaminated soil with oil into an alkaline-based solution, injects hydrogen peroxide to develop micro bubbles, removes and raises the oil and remediates the soil utilizing the micro bubbles. Kajima also succeeded in developing and launching operations of a continuous processing plant specifically devoted to utilizing the technology.

The processing plant can remove 95-99% of heavily contaminated soil with oil and is also structured to maximize the characteristics of the system, which makes it possible to recover soil and oil separately, and recycle cleansing water. The system can process 90 cubic meters (118 cubic yards) of contaminated soil a day and incorporates patented technologies to operate continuously.

The technology won the Environmental Award from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers in 2002.
Vol. 24
Spring 2003
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