Above is a quick sketch I did of part of the Piarco Airport in Trinidad that I could see out the airplane window as I was about to leave…
A major expansion of the airport, which included the construction of a new terminal building, and high-speed taxiways, was completed in 2001. The old airport building is currently used for cargo handling. The control tower at the old terminal building is currently used for air traffic control. The tower at the new terminal building is used for ramp control and runway movement control. A new nine-story control tower is under construction, with radar unlike the existing one, it is scheduled to open in 2010. An expression of some of the array of services offered at Piarco International Airport. The new North Terminal consists of 387,110 sq ft. of building with 14 second-level aircraft gates for international flights and 2 ground level domestic gates. The overall layout of the building consists of three main elements: a landside core structure, a single level duty free shopping mall, and a 2-level ‘Y’ shaped concourse. 100-foot (30 m) cathedral ceilings and glass walls provide passengers and other visitors to the North Terminal with a sense of open space and magnificent views of the Piarco savannah and the nearby Northern mountain range. The public atrium has the largest glass dome in the Caribbean.
The airport layout consists of one main terminal building which includes three concourses. The disused south terminal has been renovated into a VIP terminal for the Summmit of The Americas. The North terminal has also received additional remote parking stands. In November 2009, upgrades on the south terminal were completed and the area now serves as a private/executive jet facility for high-end travellers. The Airport underwent expansion and renovation works in preparation for the Commonwealth Heads Of Government summit in November 2009. These improvements included:
- Repaving and repainting of the taxiways.
- Re-painting of the runway.
- Installation of new Taxiway and runway lighting.
Abstract Architecture of the day:
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