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August 2010

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PROJECT AND WORK ADMINISTRATION: SABATE ASOCIADOS

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: FERNANDO DÍAZ, ARCHITECT

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT AND COMPLETED WORKS

The former building had been erected in three different periods and clearly depicted the dissimilar architectural typologies prevailing in each of such stages. The result was a miscellany of facades and indoor spaces that prevented Almirante Zar Airport from being evocative and representative of the city and the province.

The idea was based on two major aspects: To transform the conceptual image and improve the operation of the air terminal to upgrade it as the building that welcomes tourists from all over the world and as the gateway to the Patagonia, one of the most magnificent places in our country.

The work focused on building a “different” airport with “typical” architecture, transforming it into the first theme airport of the region with an indoor display of the paleontological heritage. Special emphasis was placed on unifying the building facade which was achieved through two large gates made of Patagonian Porphyry, a natural stone found in the area and internationally famous for its excellent qualities. This stone gave the design a distinctive aesthetical appearance and a regional added value, boosting the Patagonian identity and grandeur. The arrivals and departure halls were clearly accentuated and differentiated.

The same stone was used in the interior and a theme garden was designed with elements from the paleontological era, adding light, warmth and charm to the hall.

The airport has specific areas for the display and exhibition of archaeological items to attract tourists and promote passenger well-being. It affirms the worth of autochthonous and local elements, creating a visual impact and illustrating the attractions offered by the region.

Works had to be completed in 3 continuous and uninterrupted stages to avoid disrupting the airport regular operations.

Below is a general description of the works:

  • All entrances to the building have anterooms and automatic anti-panic doors.
  • The departure, arrival and main halls, and the public cafeteria were remodelled and enlarged to streamline operations.
  • A conveyor belt was included for checked luggage that goes through an X-ray room, reinforcing the required security control.
  • New bathrooms were built in every sector.
  • New stairways were installed to the boarding area, as well as an escalator and a cafe in the boarding lounge for passenger comfort.
  • The boarding lounge is quite spacious and comfortable, with a cafe and bathrooms.
  • Security inside the building is provided through a system that monitors the main airport areas. It features a fire detection system with sound and visual alarms and clear signage on all exits. A new fire protection network was installed in compliance with current regulations, which includes fire detectors and sprinklers.
  • A fire water tank of 231,000 litres was built exclusively to supply the passenger terminal.
  • Flight information is provided on screens easily visible to passengers.
  • The public area was equipped with loudspeakers and proper signage was placed guiding users to the different airport areas.
  • The terminal building was equipped with air conditioning systems, a movable jet bridge and boarding bridge, an escalator and a hydraulic lift; luggage conveyor belts were placed both in the departures and arrivals halls.
  • The passenger parking lot was modified and enlarged to hold 130 vehicles, and a differentiated parking space was built for buses, taxis, remis and handicapped people.