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BECHTEL TO MANAGE CONSTRUCTION OF LUXURY HIGH-RISE OFFICE COMPLEX IN BANGKOK

 HONG KONG, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Bechtel has won a contract to manage construction of what will be the tallest building in Bangkok, Thailand, a luxury, high-rise office complex that will soar 62 floors above the city's central business district.
 Bechtel Civil Co. will provide project and construction management services to Thai-Hong Kong Real Estate Ltd. for construction of the Empire Towers office building, a 3.3 million-square-foot structure whose total installed cost will amount to more than $200 million.
 The Empire Towers project will feature three interconnected structural steel office towers of 62, 58 and 54 floors. Included will be 15 levels of parking to accommodate as many as 2,700 cars, with six of the parking levels below ground and nine above ground. The structure will have a glass and aluminum exterior.
 Project Manager Thor Christiansen said Bechtel's work on the project begins immediately and is expected to be completed in late 1996. The new building is located on Bangkok's Sathorn Thai Road.
 "This exciting project is indicative of Bangkok's growing role as one of the Asia Pacific area's most dynamic economic hubs," said Bob Baxter, a Hong Kong-based senior vice president and manager of Bechtel Civil's Asia Pacific region.
 Bechtel Civil, a unit of Bechtel Group Inc., maintains principal offices in Hong Kong, London, and San Francisco. The company's market focus is on projects associated with airports and aviation services, rail and transit lines, highways, water and port facilities, and buildings and urban development.
 In addition to the Empire Towers assignment, Baxter cited several other major Bechtel Civil projects in the Asia Pacific region. They include:
 -- An assignment as project management consultant for the Hong Kong Airport Core Program, a massive airport and infrastructure job valued at more than $21 billion. Components of the project include the new Chek Lap Kok Airport, a series of road and rail links, several bridges and tunnels, and a new town that will eventually grow to 200,000 residents.
 -- Program management advisory services for the Korea High-Speed Rail Project, a 250-mile, $8.5 billion rail link between Seoul and Pusan.
 -- An assignment as general engineering consultant for a 69-mile rail transit system in Taiwan's capital city of Taipei. The $8 billion initial stage will include 80 stations, three heavy rail lines and a 15-mile people mover system.
 -- Recently-completed work on an $800 million terminal building at Haneda Airport in Japan. Involvement in the project made Bechtel the first U.S.-based company to win a significant role in a major Japanese construction job.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Miller of Bechtel, 415-768-6144/


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