The first buttress for the steel arch that will span the ceiling of main terminal building of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal Complex was put in place today.
His Excellency Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports’ celebrated the construction landmark as a “significant step along the path of developing world-class airport infrastructure for Abu Dhabi, and its goal of becoming a vital transportation hub for the region”.
In total 85,000 tonnes of steel will be used in the terminal building that will be capable of checking-in 8,500 passengers per hour and accommodating up to 65 aircraft at a time.
The x-shaped terminal building is the centerpiece of the Midfield Terminal Complex, a capacity-boosting development at ADIA that will also incorporate passenger and cargo facilities, a transit hotel and a heritage and culture museum, serving up to 40 million people per year when complete in 2017.
At the ceremony today Abu Dhabi Airports' chief executive, Tony Douglas (pictured), said: "We are truly proud of hitting this important milestone ahead of schedule and it is a clear indicator of Abu Dhabi Airports' unwavering commitment to delivering the Midfield Terminal Building on time and on budget."
The construction is underway adjacent to the zero-carbon Masdar City development and the two projects are working together to reduce the environmental impact of the build. It is designed to achieve a minimum ‘Two Pearl Rating’, the Urban Planning Council’s approach to sustainable design. The project’s design, by Kohn Pedersen Fox, was shortlisted in two major architecture awards ahead of its groundbreaking.