Limak Construction has announced that it has achieved a major construction milestone at the Kuwait International Airport New Terminal 2 (T2) project. It has cast the last of the 36,964 shell cassettes required for the inner roof of the project.
Fabricated entirely on-site, the unique steel and concrete composite structures cover a total area of 282,179 sqm to form the massive domes that span the terminal’s entire interior space, according to a statement from Limak Construction.
It added that the moulds were constructed and assembled by Limak in Kuwait, and designed by Denmark-based Adapa. The design of the complex structure was undertaken by German firm Werner Sobek, while the roof’s construction methodology was handled by the Robert Bird Group.
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, the statement added.
Commenting on the construction update, Richard Meredith, project director at Limak said: “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. Around 60% of these cassettes have now been installed to date since erection commenced in April last year.”
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,” he noted.
“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,” Meredith concluded.