Clark Airport Is a Finalist in International Architecture and Design Awards
Clark International Airport (CIA) is a finalist in the prestigious Prix Versailles, an annual international awards organization. The airport is up for best architecture and design airport projects in the world and will compete against Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt in Germany; Athens International Airport in Greece; Hazrat Sultan International Airport in Kazakhstan; New Plymouth Airport in New Zealand, and LaGuardia Airport-Terminal B in New York, United States.
The organization based in France will announce the winners in the fourth quarter of 2021.
“To be nominated by a prestigious award-giving body is already a great honor and pride, not just as part of the DOTr, but also most importantly as a Filipino,” Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said. “To regard the Clark International Airport worthy of world recognition is already a huge encouragement for us to keep going and a reassurance that we are on the right track.”
Developed by Megawide Construction Corp. and operated by Luzon International Premier Airport Development (Lipad) Corp., the CIA is the first hybrid public-private partnership (PPP) project under the Build, Build, Build (BBB) Program of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The airport, which can serve up to eight million passengers annually, is expected to be operational next month.
Glue-laminated timber (glulam) from Austria was used to build the roof of the terminal, which will be equipped for contactless baggage handling, passenger check-ins, and check-outs. It also features gender-inclusive and PWD-friendly restrooms, advanced docking guidance system, and a Heroes Lounge for soldiers, police officers, and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Megawide and architecture partner Integrated Design Associates Ltd. (IDA), said the new CIA terminal drew inspiration from local culture, folklore, and sceneries.
“Understanding that modern airports today must reflect the rich culture of their locations and provide visitors with a first taste of the local flavors, we paid homage to the mountain ranges of Zambales and the majestic Mt. Arayat by designing and building the terminal building with a fluid roofline with peaks similar to the rugged mountains of the area,” Megawide Executive Director for Infrastructure Development Louie Ferrer said.