The new integrated terminal building of the Netaji Subhas
Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata has been awarded for ‘Excellence
in Built Environment 2013’ by the Indian Building Congress.
A prestigious award
The airport has also won the IBC trophy for the project, a
statement by the airport director said in Kolkata on Thursday.
"The new integrated terminal building has been widely
appreciated for its creative architecture, cultural-in-build aesthetic, built
environment and passengers' friendly state-of-art Terminal Building in Eastern
India," the statement said.
Union Minister Girija Vyas presented the award to B P
Sharma, city airport director, at a function organised by the IBC under the
aegis of Ministry of Urban Development on February 7 in New Delhi.
Earlier last year, the new integrated terminal building at
Kolkata airport had been adjudged an engineering marvel, bagging the second
highest jury award at the prestigious competition organised by Engineering
Watch, a professional publication dedicated to the engineering community. The
airport had also been declared as the second-most impactful engineering marvel.
An engineering marvel
The 1,80,000-sq metre terminal that can handle 20 million
passengers a year was developed by the Airports Authority of India at a cost of
Rs 2,300 crore. Designed by international architect firm RMJM, which has
studios in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US, the sprawling terminal
integrates cutting-edge technology with unique cultural qualities.
North-facing roof lights and a central courtyard flood the
interior with natural light. The large front window, shaded by the overhanging
roof, is also a ventilated double wall that removes heat generated from
sunlight. The roof is designed to harvest rainwater.