Modernization of a part of Terminal A at Chopin Airport was considered Construction of the Year in the 26th edition of the competition organized by the Polish Association of Construction Engineers and Technicians. The project, carried out by a consortium of HOCHTIEF Poland and HOCHTIEF Solutions AG, has been awarded in the category of public building and communication. The award ceremony was held on Tuesday in the NOT building in Warsaw. The award is a birthday gift for the building, which was made available to the travellers almost exactly a year ago – on May 22nd.
Works on the reconstruction of the old terminal – known for its distinctive beetroot-colour roof – began in September 2012 and ended in April 2015. The result is the most modern passenger terminal in Poland with an area of 60 000 sq. m. There are 48 check-in desks, as well as offices and airlines counters and offices, travel agents desks, 9 lines of security control, two Executive Lounges, a room of prayer and meditation for different religions, dispensary and baggage handling system.
The new terminal has also 15 new stores and 10 eateries of various types. Those who accompany the departing passengers, can enjoy the observation deck, which is also available for the disabled. Arrivals hall was linked by a 60-metre underground tunnel with the airport railway station. Mounted on the terminal there is Poland’s largest roof solar power plant with a total area of 7 000 square meters.
The scope of works also included the integration of Terminal A with Terminal T2, so now the building is unified architecturally, technically and functionally.
The construction of Terminal A work was preceded by a comprehensive demolition of T1 terminal built by HOCHTIEF in 1990-1992 and located directly at the same spot. It was the first project carried out by HOCHTIEF in Poland. Thus, the history has made a full circle. In the summer of 2011 HOCHTIEF had also completed the extension of Warsaw Chopin Airport, which included the construction of the central pier and the completion of the southern pier.
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