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New office in Nuuk

New contracts and the prospect of many more are the reason why Adserballe & Knudsen Greenland opens a new office in Nuuk, the Capital of Greenland.

Adserballe & Knudsen has more than 50 years experience working in Greenland says Mr. Niels Larusen CEO of AK Greenland, and continues saying:

-We want to be close to our customers in order to provide the best service possible.

-With the rapid development in Greenland with new mining activities and many other projects, we are looking forward to servicing the many and diverse needs. To both new operators and established companies, our experience working in the Arctic is a great advantage.

-Over the years we have constructed new buildings and renovated others, established all year water supply lines, sewage systems and harbor piers on the East Coast. On the West Coast, we have constructed the hospital in Upernavik and a church among many other projects.

-Our flexibility and skills together with our Arctic history is the key to a good working relationship with our clients, says Mr. Niels Laursen.

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Large project in Thule for USAF

Adserballe & Knudsen Greenland has won a large contract with the US Air Force for the renovation of the 20.000 sq. feet supply supermarket on the Thule Air Base.

The value of the contract is estimated at 5,5 million US Dollar. Adserballe & Knudsen will construct new walls, ceiling and floors complete with insulation and establish new water pipes, sewage system etc. Approximately 15 skilled crafts men, carpenters, plumbers etc. will arrive in Thule in May when the winter is over and will work through the summer until the winter starts again to finish the job. However, Adserballe & Knudsen had to ship all materials, tools and supplies with the last ship to Thule before the winter froze the water and closed for transportation.

That operation required a bit of planning. However, with the experience of AK Greenland, it was solved in only four weeks time. Everything needed for the project left Denmark in august 2012, on board the last ship to reach Thule before the winter.

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Challenge in the extreme north

The northern part of Greenland is the closest you can get to the North Pole on land. About 150 km.

As extreme north as Thule is, equally extreme the weather is. Low temperatures, hurricanes, sudden weather changes, etc.

These were the challenges Adserballe & Knudsen faced when they were called upon to construct a new bridge for the US Air Force Thule Base. The old bridge had been swept away by violent streams of melting water following a sudden change in temperature in the area. The melting water had flushed away the important bridge.

The bridge was delivered on time in accordance with the contract in spite of all the challenges working in the Arctic.

The deck of the bridge, 61 meters long and eight meter wide (200 by 26 feet) was constructed with 250 cubic meter of oak. Concrete foundations were dug five meters (16 feet) down into the perma frozen underground and cast with 250 cubic meter of concrete.

The US Air Force is known as a very demanding buyer. Based on price, experience, the environmental profile, and the quality of work, Adserballe & Knudsen won the contract to construct the new and more solid bridge.

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Constructed the world’s most northern bridge

The weather is a challenge in Greenland. Low temperatures, hurricanes, sudden weather changes, etc. Sudden changes in temperature can create violent streams of melting water. That is exactly what happened in the Thule area where the violent water flushed away an important bridge which was used by the US Air Force Thule Base.
The US Air Force is known as a very demanding buyer. Based on price, experience, the environmental profile, and the quality of work, Adserballe & Knudsen won the contract to construct a new and more solid bridge.
The bridge was delivered on time in accordance with the contract in spite of all the challenges working in the Arctic.
To construct the most northern bridge in the world, 61 meters long and eight meter wide (200 by 26 feet), required a lot of planning. You only have a short period in which you can carry out construction work. In order to secure the new bridge against melting water, the concrete foundations were dug five meters (16 feet) down into the perma frozen underground and cast with 250 cubic meter of concrete. The deck was constructed with 250 cubic meter of oak.

General Contractor:

Adserballe & Knudsen A/S

Client:

US Air Force

Contact:

Niels Laursen, CEO, AK Greenland A/S

Project value:

10 Million Danish crones

Work period:

July 1990-July 1991

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Sports Arena

The Worlds most northern Sports Arena
In Quaanaaq, it isn’t easy to play ball as the surface is permafrost. It changed for the better when Adserballe & Knudsen constructed a modern sports arena. It’s big enough to play hand ball and has a diner so the people and especially the youth, have a place to meet and have fun. Especially in the winter half year when it’s totally dark 24/7, the arena offers a place to do things together.
Because of the permafrost the building is on piles. Adserballe & Knudsen had 10-12 craftsmen on the job which took a full year. The building is efficiently insolated on all six sides. Before winter the roof and walls were standing so craftsmen could work indoors during the rough winter period.
The biggest challenge was to bring materials ashore from the supply ship as Quaanaaq doesn’t have a harbor and no cranes. But with skill and ingenuity, they managed to bring materials ashore as well as solving other problems and constructed the arena on time.

General Contractor:

Adserballe & Knudsen A/S

Client:

Quaanaaq, Qaasuitsup Kommunia

Contact:

Niels Laursen, CEO, AK Greenland A/S

Project value:

10 Million Danish Crones

Work period:

Juli 1990-July 1991

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Tasiilaq

200 miles/hr wind swept through Tasiilaq, AK Greenland quickly organized 100 craftsmen to help repair.
On February 7th 1970 the East Coast town of Tasiilaq was hit by a Piteraq with winds of almost 200 miles/h damaging almost all houses. A Piteraq is a local weather phenomenon coming down from the mountains with strong winds.
Greenland Technical Organization, Nukissiorfiit of today asked Adserballe & Knudsen to come and rebuild the town because of their experience and ability to go in and take responsibility for a very complex job. In a very short time Adserballe & Knudsen made a plan for the reconstruction including the logistics. Materials and machines as well as food and supplies for 100 men were sent on the first ship from Denmark. The team of 100 masons, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters and project managers were flown to Greenland as soon as the snow and ice had melted. They worked from June to October in 1970 and 1971 before the job was done.
The first job was to repair the buildings that weren’t totally destroyed and enforce all houses so they could withstand future hurricanes. Secondly to construct a new school and a community center as well as new homes for the people of Tasiilaq who had lost their home.
General Contractor: Adserballe & Knudsen A/S

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Adserballe & Knudsen A/S

Client:

GTO, Nukissiorfiit

Contact:

Direktør Niels Laursen, AK Greenland A/S

Project value:

10-15 Million Danish Crones

Work period:

June 1970-June 1972