NACO, its Saudi Arabian branch SADECO and global architect HOK have been awarded the contract to design the expansion of King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The consortium, led by NACO and HOK, will design the expansion of the existing terminals 3 and 4, which will increase the capacity of KKIA from 15 million to 20-25 millon passengers per year.
The project is expected to cost more than US$800 million (£501.6 million) and the expansion is scheduled for completion in 2015.
NACO has been involved with the KKIA airport’s development since 2007 through various master planning and design projects and HOK was the original designer of the existing terminal complex.
Kjell Kloosterziel, director airport planning & building design at NACO and project director for the project, said, “This challenging project keeps us involved in a critical component of the airport’s development programme aimed at increasing capacity while at the same time elevating passenger experience to a world-class level.”
Richard Gammon, senior vice president, director of aviation & transportation at HOK, added, “HOK’s aviation and transportation team has a global track record of delivering some of the world’s largest and most complex aviation and transportation facilities. We’re delighted to be working with the team at NACO, and it’s really exciting for us to return to Riyadh. The expansion of terminals 3 and 4 will be vital in allowing the airport to meet increasing demand and support the country’s growing economy.”
The design team will further include structural engineers from Royal HaskoningDHV, MEP & systems engineers from Buro Happold and local architectural firm TKC.
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