Projects to look out for in 2019: Part II
In this second of our posts highlighting some of the most exciting engineering projects to open this year, we take a look at a few more of our global projects that continue to push the boundaries of what engineering can realise.
1. Beijing Daxing International Airport
We’re proud to be part of creating the stunning Beijing Daxing International Airport which is due to be opened to the public at the end of September. The radial design of the terminal features a central hub from which six curved spikes extend. This reduces the distance passengers will need to travel to reach their gate to a maximum of 600 metres, ensuring this huge building is easy to navigate. The strength of the collaboration between six specialist teams from Buro Happold and the architect has allowed us to take a highly creative approach to the brief, developing a design for the airport that delivers added value to our client, and an iconic aviation facility for the city.
2. Bee’ah Headquarters
Our involvement in this exceptionally complex project began in 2013 when Buro Happold was invited by Zaha Hadid Architects to join them at the competition stage. We’ve since gone on to provide a range of specialist consultancy skills including structural engineering, civil engineering, facade engineering, waste, security, geotechnical, acoustics and transport advice.
Our structural and facade engineers applied knowledge gained from previous projects to translate the design of this environmental management company headquarters into what could, in laymen’s terms, be compared to an enormous three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. This removed much of the complexity the unique form created, and made components much easier to transport to site. But it wasn’t just creating the structure that our facade engineers made possible, the facade also provided many opportunities to reduce the building’s carbon footprint. This is just one of the ways we worked to help increase Bee’ah Headquarter’s LEED rating from its initial goal of Gold, to a Platinum certification.
When complete, the new Bee’ah Headquarters in Sharjah, UAE, will stand as an iconic example of what design innovation and a determined commitment to sustainability can achieve.
3. University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business
The Carl H. Lindner College of Business is designed as a flexible building that will provide flexibility to accommodate different teaching styles, an increase in student numbers, and future changes in office layouts. The building will welcome students, faculty, staff with an open lobby atrium spanning the four-storey height and offering space to congregate informally.
We are helping the university meet its environmental targets by providing a low energy strategy that is fully integrated with the architectural intent. Our MEP, structural engineering, and energy modelling experts are delivering this through the use of radiant surfaces, combined with controlled introduction of fresh air. This system uses the openness of the building atrium’s and light wells to move light and air to the occupants creating a productive and engaging environment.
Opening later this year, the project will deliver a business school that truly cares about more than the bottom line.
4. Überseequartier Hamburg
Überseequartier is planned as the commercial heart of HafenCity in Hamburg. It is also the most metropolitan and most visited part of this innovative urban regeneration development. Buro Happold was appointed to provide building services design for the 250,000m2 area, including a shopping mall, cinema buildings, office buildings , bus and taxi terminals and parking facilities.
Our expert building services engineers prepared a concept for utilising waste heat, providing an estimated 250Kw of free heating to the mall and a significant construction cost saving.
In the UK, ‘Kampus’ located in the Manchester Piccadilly district, is set to become one of the largest Build to Rent developments in central Manchester when it opens in September.