NACO, its Saudi Arabian branch SADECO, and global architect HOK were just awarded the contract to design the expansion of King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The design consists of the expansion of the existing terminals 3 and 4, which will enable the airport to handle 20-25 million passengers per year. Currently, the 30-year-old airport is handling approximately 15 million passengers annually. NACO, Netherlands Airport Consultants, a Royal HaskoningDHV company, and HOK will lead the design team for this prestigious project. More architects’ description and their press release after the break.
The expansion project will allow KKIA to meet the country’s economic growth of more than 5 percent per year. Total project costs are expected to be approximately US$ 800 million, with the expansion scheduled to be complete in 2015. NACO has been involved with the KKIA airport’s development since 2007 through various master planning and design projects. HOK was the original designer of the existing terminal complex nearly 30 years ago. The team has worked together before and offers extensive expertise in the successful delivery of complex, high-profile airport projects such as the Beijing New International Airport. The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and KKIA will benefit from the best resources this team has to offer, including 40 years of experience in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.