The T2 project is built to be one of the most advanced and environmentally conscious airports
Limak Construction, a part of leading Turkish conglomerate Limak Group, achieved a major construction milestone with the casting of the last of 36,964 shell cassettes required for the inner roof of the Kuwait International Airport New Terminal 2 (T2) project.
Fabricated entirely on-site, the unique steel and concrete composite structures cover a total area of 282,179 sq m to form the massive domes that span the terminal’s entire interior space.
The unique moulds were constructed and assembled by Limak in Kuwait, and designed by Adapa, a Danish company specialized in mechanical innovation and computer-aided mould manufacturing.
The design of the complex structure was undertaken by German-based firm Werner Sobek, while the roof’s construction methodology was handled by the Robert Bird Group, a member of one of the largest Asia based urban, industrial, and infrastructure consulting firms, said the company in a statement.
The T2 project is built to be one of the most advanced and environmentally conscious airports in the world and an iconic gateway to Kuwait.
Targeting to be one of the world’s first Leed Gold-certified passenger terminals, the airport will combine the thermal properties of the concrete structure with a large expanse of roof-mounted photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy.
Limak Project Director Richard Meredith expressed delight at the significant milestone it had achieved with the casting of the last and final shell cassette required for the terminal’s inner roof.
“Limak is proud to commemorate the 100% completion of the fabrication of the shell cassettes especially given the ever-evolving circumstances caused by the Covic-19 pandemic. We thank our stakeholders and employees for their hard work and dedication in helping reach this significant milestone and extend our sincerest gratitude to MPW for their support,” stated Meredith.
“Around 60% of these cassettes have now been installed to date since erection commenced in April last year,” he added.
Made up of 36,964 shell cassettes in different shapes and sizes specially cured, sandblasted and sealed, the fabrication process was carried out entirely on-site.
“At the start of the project, we decided to invest in our own factories with cutting-edge technologies that operate on-site rather than importing materials to combat any long lead times or shortages. This in return has enabled Limak to continue to operate during these uncertain and unprecedented times,” explained Meredith.
“Taking all the proactive and precautionary measures necessary to keep our construction site and employees safe while continuing work on T2, the factories will continue to operate and produce the materials required for the project and work will continue as scheduled,” he added.