Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) contract runs until June 2017 and until recently, the target of opening in December 2016 - six months ahead of the contractual completion date - was considered challenging but still achievable.
Until May, FCBC believed that they could mitigate these effects - however, the impact of the weather in April and May with 13 days and 12 days lost to weather was such that they have advised that they can no longer deliver the December 2016 target.
Whilst FCBC have been able to mitigate the impacts of weather by increasing resources and running a number of activities in parallel they are now entering a stage of bridge construction which is technically very complex.
In order to mitigate the on-going weather impacts that have arisen over the past few months FCBC has procured additional physical resource, increased staffing by taking on an additional 100 workers, increased working hours, altered construction methodologies where possible and challenged critical construction sequences to identify where any programme efficiencies could be found.
FCBC have confirmed this creates an unavoidable knock-on effect for subsequent activities, road surfacing and wind barriers which will now take place in wet and cold conditions during autumn and winter 2016/2017.
Funding will be used for the expansion of the youth entrepreneurship program as well as FCBC s summer camp programs and year-long business incubator.
FCBC has identified entrepreneurship education as a long-term priority and essential part of economic development and community revitalization.
The FCBC in collaborative partnership with Entrepreneuring Youth and the Community College of Beaver County will establish a pathway to education and resources related to business ownership and life-skill development through the support and expansion of introductory and advanced business camps, market day events, business plan competitions, year-long mentoring programs, a youth business incubator, community entrepreneurship centers, education seminars and community forums.