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Canberra - Airport of the YEAR

Canberra’s new airport has been named Australian Airport of the Year at the National Airport Industry Awards.

Canberra International Airport named Australian Airport of the Year for 2013.

Canberra’s new airport has been named Australian Airport of the Year at the National Airport Industry Awards. The Awards Ceremony held in Darwin concluded the annual conference of the Australian Airports Association, the peak body representing more than 200 airports around the nation.

The Awards acknowledge the organisations and individuals who are achieving excellence within Australia’s airport industry. Managing Director Stephen Byron, who has led the airport through its 'Air Volution’ since Capital Airport Group purchased the airport from the Commonwealth in 1998, received the award for most outstanding contribution to the airport industry.

Mr Byron congratulated the large team of people who had contributed to delivering the all-new airport to Australia’s national capital. The project team always had, as its objective, the creation of a quality building with excellence underpinning the vision to have the best small airport in the world.

The award recognised the large Canberra team, the hundreds of people, who have a been part in delivering the Australian Airport of the Year – the architect Mr Hal Guida of Guida Mosely Brown, the builder Construction Control and all their sub contractors.

Benmax Mechanical under took the Mechanical Service works for the new airport which included a new 50,000m² Terminal, two 38,000m² car parks with office accommodation on the top levels, a central Elevated Road, road network infrastructure and upgrading and extension to aprons and taxiways to service the aircraft. All these work where undertaken in and around the existing operational Terminal, Car Parks and Aprons. One of the main challenges of the project was to limit the disruption to the travelling public, therefore the planning and staging of these works was critical to the project stakeholders.

Designed by Rudds Consulting Engineers, the main mechanical features of the Terminal buildings are the two central energy tri-generation systems to provide electricity, heating, chilled and condenser water to all parts of the terminal and adjoining structures. Conditioning to all parts of the terminal is supplied by four electric and two absorption chillers, six hot water heaters and distributed via a low temperature air system comprising of over 65 AHU’s with 150 units of Holyoake VAV Terminals and Air Diffusion equipment throughout.

The result is a stunning gateway building for the national capital that is the platform for economic growth in the future.