New Hamad International Airport

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Doha, Qatar

As Engineer of Record for all technology and security systems, our team provided program, design, and on-site construction support for all special systems including campus-wide communications infrastructure, information technology, telecommunications, security, and baggage handling systems. The design also included future-proofing of technology based on state-of-the-art IP-based technology. The project was phased over 70 packages that included reclamation of gulf for new runways, site utilities, central utility plans (4), support facilities, passenger terminal building, ATC, airline facilities, Government facilities, and numerous other specialty buildings.

The airport will ultimately handle 48 million passengers per year. The initial phase of the construction includes building 40 aircraft gates and approximately 6,000,000 ft² of terminal/concourse space, with an ultimate build-out of 80 wide-body gates. Our team designed a significant backbone distribution infrastructure based on single-node ribbon fiber optic cable that supports more than 120 buildings, 90,000 network ports, and 20 Gig networks.

The facility also houses nine high-density operation centers for the airport, security, airline, and air traffic. Our team developed concepts of operation and conceptual designs for multiple operations centers within the Passenger Terminal Complex at NDIA to gain an understanding of the facilities intended use, mission, and future occupant operational requirements. In addition, our team provided design and construction services for all IT, communications, console, AV, and security systems for the centers.

Key Issues and Innovative Solutions

This project posed the unique challenges of a campus-wide project which required a very robust backbone communication infrastructure to support more than 120 buildings utilizing over 100,000 network ports. During the planning stage in 2004, digital CCTV was in its infancy stage and not widely accepted by the airport industry; however, through solid planning and forecasting of technology trends by our team, which estimated the technology to be mainstream by the end of the decade, the airport adopted digital CCTV for the new airport design. By the time the airport went live in 2012, the cost impact of this recommendation saved the airport at least $50,000,000 of would be retrofitting costs. 

The $16 Billion Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Airport City in Doha, Qatar spans 29 square kilometers, 60 per cent on land reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. The facility’s airplane maintenance hangers feature the world’s widest free span door opening in the world, and the four-story catering division, spread over 69,000 m², has the capacity of 90,000 meals per day. The passenger terminal is spread over an internal area of 600,000 m² and has three concourses and 33 contact gates – which will increase to five concourses and 65 contact gates, including eight for the A380 in the final build-out. The terminal also includes 16 lounges for various categories of passengers, 28 art installations by local, regional, and international artists, over 100 F&B and retail outlets, a transit hotel, a swimming pool, a spa, and squash courts. More than 1,000 architects, designers, engineering consultants, and project managers worked on the project, through more than 200 local, regional and international contractors and service contracts.

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