Gold Coast airport terminal topped with an abundance of plywood

When you talk about an airport, everything is in large numbers. And the Gold Coast Airport Terminal Expansion is no exception.

The landmark project will double the footprint of the existing terminal when it opens later this year, adding 30,000 square meters. It will include a new departure lounge, air bridges, additional retail space, and baggage handling and border control facilities. The project is considered essential to the growth of local tourism in the Gold Coast and northern regions of New South Wales.

Construction of the new three-level terminal designed by Hassell and built by Lendlease presented its own share of challenges, including scale, noise reduction and a global pandemic.

Jaime Genn, Contracts Manager at Havendeen Roofing, explained how a double layer of Ecoply plywood was used for acoustics under the roof and how it also helped speed up construction by reducing exclusion zones before the roof was installed. .

“The double layer of 25mm and 21mm Ecoply plywood was installed over the entire roof to meet the acoustic rating. Some 14,000 square meters of it. The added benefit was that workers then had free rein to work underneath while insulation and roofing sheets were installed on top. »

This reduced the need for scissor lifts and exclusion zones. And it’s becoming more common practice. Havendeen Roofing has recently used the same method on four other Tier 1 projects.

Ecoply structural plywood offers durability, strength and design flexibility and is certified by the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA) to meet AS/NZS 2269 and AS1530.3 fire hazard properties.

Building during a global pandemic added to the logistical challenges of this project. Like many building materials, plywood was in short supply. Fortunately, locally made Ecoply is manufactured in Myrtleford, Victoria and could be brought directly to the site in 13 massive tractor-trailer loads.

Now that travel is returning and cooler weather is approaching, it’s clear the Gold Coast Airport team will need every square inch of new space to welcome avid travelers back.

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