The structural frame for Lelystad Airport’s new passenger terminal has been completed. The frame, which has been awarded LEED Gold certification for sustainability, was designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects and built by the construction firm of J.P. van Eesteren and electrical and mechanical engineering company Croonwolter & dros, both members of TBI Holdings, one of the country’s foremost property, construction and technology groups. On completion, the 12,000 m² terminal will be the first LEED Gold certified airport in Europe and one of the most sustainable airports in the world. The frame’s completion represents a milestone in the development of this leisure airport.
Paul de Ruiter Architects’ design is a deliberate nod to the philosophy of Dutch civil engineer Cornelis Lely and patently meets the attendant objectives, which are to achieve the maximum effect with minimum means and ensure one’s design fits seamlessly into the topography of the area in which one builds. In addition, the terminal is designed to be adaptable, to allow it meet the airport’s projected capacity growth and operational changes well into the future.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used sustainability rating and certification system in the world, and a host of considerations were incorporated in the design for the purpose of achieving Gold certification. Building materials have been chosen for their economy, minimal environmental burden and demountability. This will be visibly evident in the wooden skeleton of the airport terminal and lounge. In addition, our use of prefabricated components and disassembly hubs in construction means the dismantled parts can be reused as raw material. Last but not least, the terminal will be energy-efficient and come equipped with a smart, compact air-conditioning system that regulates temperature and airflow according to changing conditions and the flow of people through and within the space.