This week the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced that it had received six tender proposals from pre-qualified contractors for the long-awaited Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi International Airport. This future addition to one of the world’s fastest growing airports will sprawl over 700,000 sq m and initially handle 27-30 million passengers each year.
Site preparation and foundation works began in 2010 and construction of the Terminal itself is planned for the second quarter of 2012. The Midfield Terminal Building will become the home of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates.
The six pre-qualified contractors through joint ventures are: Al Habtoor, Murray & Roberts, and Hochtief; Bechtel, ENKA, and Al Jaber Group; Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd, Kumho Industrial Co., China State, and Al Shafar; Larsen Toubro, and NPC-Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Ltd; Samsung, ACC, and Six Construct; and TAV, CCC, and ATC.
Commenting on the tenders, Chairman of ADAC, H.E. Khalifa Al Mazrouei said: "ADAC’s commitment continues as it strives to sustain growth in passenger numbers by constantly planning major developments and improvements across the airports’ infrastructure, facilities and services.”
Designed by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) and longlisted for the 2010 WAN AWARDS Urban Design sector, the Midfield Terminal Building is a cross-shaped form with undulating roof canopies and cavernous internal concourses. It has been envisioned as the gateway to the UAE’s capital and will be located between two parallel runways, maximising aircraft parking capacity and minimising walking distances for all passengers.
Sustainable design also plays a major role in the concept, as KPF explains: “The project is guided by several environmental objectives, including site-wide energy management; minimisation of potable water usage and construction waste; maximisation of recycling; high performance thermal envelope; public transportation options; stratified air-conditioning systems; building controls; energy-recovery; low-energy lighting; daylighting; passive shading; high-quality, durable materials; sustainably fuelled low-emission vehicles; and dry climate landscaping.”