Policity, a company in which Shikun & Binui has a 50% stake, won a BOT tender to design, construct, manage, operate, maintain, provide training services and finance a Training Center for the Israel Police in Beit Shemesh, for a period of 25 years.
The project is was built by Shikun & Binui Solel Boneh, a member of the Shikun & Binui Group, which took many sustainability issues into account in its design. The bid was based on Israeli Standard 5281 for environmentally friendly planning that emphasizes use of natural lighting, shade, topographical integration, preserving the outlines of the landscape and the wadi, green roofs, and preservation of natural areas within the grounds. All these elements help to reduce energy consumption and thus reduce pollution.
The project incorporates recycling/purification of waste water for irrigation purposes, use of electric vehicles, use of solar energy, use of environmentally friendly cleaning materials, environmentally appropriate gardening, minimal use of disposable equipment, purchasing procedures that give preference to “green” products, economical lighting, and more.
Court Building, Tel Aviv
This project is located on the corner of Weizmann and Berkowitz streets in Tel Aviv on the former judges’ parking lot. The courthouse project includes an underground 17,000 square meter parking lot, above which the modern Courthouse Tower, with an area of about 18,000 square meters.
The tower contains courtrooms, offices for judges, clerks and various assistants, public areas and technical areas. Within the parking lot there is a new detention facility, integrated with a facility in the existing building.
The project has been designed as a green building, with an emphasis on saving energy and water.
Upgrade of 270 kilometers of roads in northern Israel
A PFI project for the rehabilitation, operation and maintenance of 270 kilometers of inter-urban highways for 20 years for periodical payments from the Israel National Roads Co.
As part of the tender the concession is transferred for the Nahal Hadera to Binyamina Junction section (Highway 4); Furadis Junction to Oren Junction; Emek Hefer to Hadera Police Square sections (Highway 65); Caesarea Interchange to Megiddo Junction (Highway 66); and Highway 70 between Zikhron Yaakov Interchange and Tishby Junction.
Building the project ended in early 2013.
As part of it Shikun & Binui built a network of cycle paths together with Megiddo Regional Council to encourage bike riding, to separate between riders and the highway and enhance safety.
The Carmel Tunnels – Israel’s first toll tunnel
An advanced system of toll roads, built to improve the quality of life for residents of Haifa and the north, and to significantly reduce the time required to cross the city. This is the first urban road system of its kind in Israel, combining a complex array of infrastructures using advanced technology, at an investment of about NIS 1.5 billion.
The project concessionaire is Carmelton, a partnership between Shikun & Binui and the Ashtrom Group. Carmelton manages the Carmel Tunnels and supervises the operating company.
The operating company is HaCarmel Lanes, a sister company of Derech Eretz, which operates Highway 6. HaCarmel Lanes is responsible for operating the toll collection system, managing traffic flow and maintenance, and also meeting drivers’ needs through its control and review center, customer service, safety and maintenance operations and fee collection.
The Carmel Tunnels were built to reduce the number of vehicles on Haifa’s other roads, easing the pressure on the city’s main arteries and thus improving residents’ quality of life.
There are three portals into and out of the Carmel Tunnels:
The South Haifa Interchange
The Krayot Interchange
The Neveh Sha’anan Interchange (close to the Grand Canyon Mall) in the city center.
The Carmel Tunnels incorporate operating systems to maintain driver safety that meet the strictest international standards.
Preserving the environment
During construction of the tunnels, maximum attention was paid to preserving the environment and the quality of life of local residents. A monitoring system was set up in accordance with Environmental Protection Ministry guidelines. The system employs leading professionals, including environmental consultants, acoustics experts and a variety of engineers.
The system tracks three main elements, 24/7:
Particles in the air.
During construction, a special road was laid in Nahal Giborim that provided an alternative route for the hundreds of trucks taking part in the project. The trucks were thus kept off Haifa’s congested roads and avoided interfering with daily life in the city.
The Carmel Tunnels in numbers
Length of the route – 6 kilometers
Length of the section from Haifa South to Neveh Sha’anan – 3,200 meters.
Length of the section from the Neveh Sha’anan Interchange to the Krayot Interchange – 1,650 meters.
Tunnel height – 6.5 meters.
Tunnel width – 10 meters.
The project included construction of 8 bridges.
The monitoring system measures pollution and noise, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Hadera Desalination Plant – the first of its kind in Israel
Shikun & Binui won the tender to erect the desalination plant in Hadera within the boundaries of the Hadera power station. The winner of this BOT project was H2ID, a consortium of IDE Technologies and Shikun & Binui, which will finance, build and operate the plant.
The plant will have a production capacity of 100 million cubic meters per annum of high quality potable water and will operate using a modern reverse-osmosis technology widely used in desalination applications worldwide.
This is the first time such a major project is being financed by a consortium of foreign banks, to the tune of about $80 million.
Under the BOT agreement signed with the Israeli government, the Group will operate the plant as a private business, and will sell the water to the government at a predetermined price for a period of 25 years (which includes the construction period). At the end of this period, the plant will become government property.
The Trans-Israel Highway (Road 6) is the first BOT road building project in Israel, as well as being its longest highway and its first toll road. At present, the road is 138 kilometers long, with 12 interchanges, two tunnels (500 meters) and 100 bridges. In the next few years it is expected to reach a length of 247 kilometers as additional sections are added.
This highway is a north-south traffic artery, enabling drivers to travel quickly and safely while avoiding the congested areas in the center of the country.
Construction of Road 6 required a high level of expertise in several areas, such as: overall planning, detailed blueprints, paving, maintenance, financing, setting up and operating a smart electronic toll-collection system (one of the most advanced in the world), and handling a variety of environmental matters.
Shikun & Binui won the tender for this PPP project together with a local partner, and a Canadian company that constructed Canada’s first toll road. This partnership, operating under the Derech Eretz company, began work on the project in 1999, and the central sections were opened to the public between 2002 and 2004. In July 2009 the company completed a 17-kilometer section (Section 18) and thus brought Road 6 to its current length of 138km.