“The main challenge was to talk to each family and listen to their expectations about their new home,” Mr. Nostre says. “What we and the government
negotiated was the size of the house, furnishings and number of bedrooms in
order to have a better condition than they had before. It happened, but it was
very difficult because you had to deal with each family, with its own needs and
way of talking about this.”
ON A FAS T TRACK
Despite the obstacles, Odebrecht finished Line 1’s second phase of construction
five months ahead of schedule, Mr. Nostre says.
“That never happens in Peru,” he says, pausing for emphasis. “That never happens.”
The team’s success stemmed from its ability to move quickly and remain flexible enough to deal with unforeseen challenges. Lessons learned from Line 1
construction helped project managers better manage budgets, schedules, expectations and unexpected challenges during the construction of the second phase.
Using a hybrid project strategy, the team combined extensive pre-planning for the
entire second phase with a fast-track approval process
for individual sub-projects.
Project planners worked weeks in advance, planning street closures and traffic re-routings to be
as efficient as possible. Engineers devised a way to
construct bridgeheads without restricting traffic on
existing roads. The team secured all authorizations
and permissions they could before construction
began, ensuring they wouldn’t lose time to managerial oversight or bureaucratic hang-ups.
“The typical approach in Peru is that you design
the whole engineering project, you get the approval,
and then you start construction,” Mr. Zárate says.
By working with the government to divide up the
project and conquer it in parts, the team ensured that
a holdup in one area wouldn’t cause delays in another.
“We got to work dealing with a lot of issues beforehand,” Mr. Nostre says. “Once we started working,
nothing really stopped us.”
NEXT STOP: UNDERGROUND
Armed with lessons learned from the Line 1 project, Lima Metro has an aggressive expansion plan in the works. Construction on Line 2 and a part of Line 4
began in 2014 and Lima Metro hopes to have as many as six lines operating by
2035, Mr. Zárate says.
Lima Metro is digging deeper for Line 2—both literally and figuratively. The
$US5.7 billion, 34.5-kilometer ( 21.4-mile) subway project will connect eastern
Lima with the port district of Callao on the Pacific coast. Although an underground transit line creates additional construction challenges and requires a
significantly higher budget, the relocation issues that came with the construc-
a lot of issues
Odebrecht, Lima, Peru
Despite obstacles, Odebrecht finished
Line 1’s second phase of construction five
months ahead of schedule.