Project led by Barry Charnish while employed at a previous firm.
Haikou , People’s Republic of China
Haikou Meilan International Airport Co.
89,000 m2 (957,640 ft2)
Structural Engineering Consultant
Serving Haikou, the capital of Hainan Province and a prime resort area, Haikou Meilan International Airport replaced the old Dayingshan Airport and services over 10 million passengers annually.
The airport’s master plan consisted of 3 phases. The 607-hectare Phase I featured an 85,000m² terminal with 21 gates and 5 remote boarding positions; an air traffic control tower and administration building. Phase II consisted of 11 gates and 5 remote boarding positions, while Phase III features 40 gates and 10 remote boarding positions.
Structural features include exposed architectural concrete and an articulated roof framing system. Architectural features include five main pyramids above the main terminal which consist of separated wall elements supported on a line of columns. The structure used mainly reinforced concrete framing to reflect the capabilities and familiarity of the local construction firms.
Challenges: The airport site was located in a high seismic zone. Additionally, we were required to translate documents, calculations and drawings to local design firms responsible for producing contract documents and preparing reinforcing steel shop drawings.
Solutions: We addressed the high seismic zone issue by tuning down the wall elements so that a soft-storey construction was not created at the arrival area, considering its relatively high ceiling area. To facilitate the translation, local staff with language capabilities were engaged and frequent meetings with the local design firms were set-up to facilitate the transfers.