Vilnius Airport seeks contractor for construction of new passenger terminal

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Part of the Lithuanian Airport network, Vilnius Airport is looking for a contractor to construct a new module of its passenger departures terminal in the northern part of the airport.

The new building will be of A++ energy class with the airport aiming to ensure the new terminal building is BREEAM Good certified. During construction of the new terminal the airport will need to remain operational as usual using the existing passenger terminal. In addition to the new terminal the reconstruction of the ground accessibility system in front of the airport will be carried out simultaneously. The engineering networks will be renovated, the pavement will be replaced, and a new much more efficient transport scheme will be developed.

The new two-storey departures terminal will sit between he existing departures and the VIP Terminal & Conference centre. The ground floor will feature a passenger check-in area with a self-service zone. There will also be common public spaces, cafes and other commercial areas and airline offices.

Luggage screening and sorting facilities, rooms for engineering systems are being designed in the eastern part of the building, while a passenger security screening area as well as departure and arrival gates for Schengen passengers are planned to be situated on the second floor. The new terminal will be connected to the existing passenger terminal by a spacious walkway, which will ensure comfortable connection between the two terminals. The new facility will also have two new air bridges.

“Already before the pandemic, Vilnius Airport had reached its capacity limits,” said Dainius Ciuplys, Head of Operations and infrastructure at Lithuanian Airports. “This development is very important both for us and the passengers. The new terminal will expand the operational and technological possibilities of the airport, which are related to the direct activities, and will allow to increase the range of non-aviation services. In the longer term, we will be able to easily initiate qualitative changes and introduce new enhancements in the existing terminal,” he continued.

With plans to start work next year, Vilnius Airport plans to select a contractor for the construction of the new terminal by mid-2022 with it going live by the end of 2024. Once complete the total area of all passenger terminals at the Lithuanian gateway will increase by a third. Passenger throughput will double – from 1,200 passengers per hour to 2,400

Bordeaux Airport inaugurates new pier

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As part of Bordeaux Airport’s modernisation plan, which is focused on service quality and environmental transition, its new pier, which was unveiled on 7 October, is the first High Environmental Quality (HEQ) facility at the French hub.

The fully transparent passageway links Hall A in Bordeaux Airport to its new international pier offering 3,000 m.sq. of new building, including 2,000 m.sq. of devoted passenger areas with four lounges offering panoramic views of aircraft taking off on the runway.

The new structure was designed with high-performance systems to ensure a comfortable indoor atmosphere, while boasting a distinctive and imposing façade of special glazing. Combining protection from solar over-heating and noise reduction, it provides a significant proportion of natural light, offset at nightfall or in cloudy weather by automatic variation in the LED lighting system.

The HEQ certification of the pier guarantees environmental and energy efficiency. Its annual energy use is 11% lower than that of an airport complying with the most recent thermal regulation. Regarding water use, it enables an annual saving of 1,000 m. sq. of drinking water, i.e. the equivalent of 200,000 lavatory flushes.

High-performance, environmentally friendly interior furnishings, including paint and suspended ceilings were chosen to emit as few pollutants as possible. Wood furnishings sourced from sustainably managed forests, and the linoleum flooring is composed of 90% fully natural and recyclable materials.

The new pier is one of several projects the airport is undertaking to enhance its service quality and strengthen the management of its environmental impacts. Despite the global health crisis the airport has pursed an active strategy for its environmental management with the goal of becoming a carbon neutral airport by 2030.

Header image: Bordeaux Airport’s new passenger pier ©@SA_ADBM

San Francisco Airport pushes ahead with runway revamp

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With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting on flight schedules and resulting in heavily reduced aviation activity, San Francisco Airport (SFO) in the US has accelerated runway improvement projects.

The airport plans to close one of its runways (28R) for a four-month period so that it can carry out upgrades, which were initially scheduled to take place in 2022. The initial phase of accelerated work on this runway began in October last year and the latest project, which is slated to begin in April 2021, will see the remainder of the runway being repaved. Two taxiways will also be constructed, while eight runway-taxiway intersections will be expanded and lighting infrastructure will be improved.

According to a statement by airport officials, SFO chose to advance this construction project during the current period of reduced flight activity, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to reduce the extent of disruption to services, such as delays and cancellations caused by the runway closures at a later date. Airlines are currently planning to operate less than 50% of the flights originally scheduled prior to the pandemic.

Golden Gate Constructors, have been awarded the contract for the Runway 28R Rehabilitation Phase 2 project, which is expected to cost in the region of $127 million.

Woolpert expands airport infrastructure services by acquiring JViation

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Jviation Inc, an airport planning, survey, architecture, engineering and construction management firm has been acquired by Woolpert in line with its vision of becoming the world’s leading architecture, engineering, geospatial and strategic consulting firm.

Jviation, which has more than 100 employees, serves general aviation and commercial service airports, as well as state aeronautics departments and airline and related aviation business partners. The acquisition strengthens Woolpert’s existing aviation service offerings and expands its geographic footprint in the western US. Headquartered in Denver, Jviation has offices in Colorado, California, Utah, Wyoming, Missouri and Ohio.

“The firm’s culture, size and complementary services and geographies make this the perfect fit for Jviation,” said Jviation principal JD Ingram.

By joining Woolpert, Jviation and its clients gain airport planning, engineering and architecture bench strength, in addition to innovative geospatial resources and expertise that include aerial and mobile lidar, subsurface utility engineering, unmanned aircraft systems, urban air mobility, and technology consulting. Jviation also gains access to Woolpert’s global architecture, engineering and geospatial markets and services.

Woolpert’s Senior Vice President and Infrastructure Sector Leader Tom Mochty, said the addition of Jviation reinforces Woolpert’s focus on industry excellence and strategic growth. “This acquisition gives our teams the ability to provide a greater depth and breadth of AEG service offerings, and it greatly enhances Woolpert’s position as an industry leader within the aviation market.”