Thursday, Schiphol Airport was the location of a toast on the new pier, designed by cepezed and cepezedinterior over the last year within a total engineering contract assigned to AECOM. Director of the Capital Programme Gerard Geurtjens and Schiphol COO Birgit Otto gave speeches. Occasion was the nearing completion of the foundation works, the larger part of which has been realized over the last period of time while the design was still in progress. For the new pier, measuring over 55.000 m2, some 1200 piles are driven. In order to do this, removal of an existing parking garage and 20.000 m2 of concrete was necessary first, just as the relocation of 36 aircraft stands. The actual construction will commence shortly. The completion and commisioning are planned for 2019 already.