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New Mactan-Cebu Airport terminal crafted of Wooden

Mactan-Cebu Airport soon gets a new terminal constructing. This wouldn’t rock, but the actuality that the setting up will be produced of glued wood – glulam – is an absolute novelty in South East Asia. 

The new Mactan-Cebu Airport terminal

Rubner timber gets a significant buy in Southeast Asia. The 2nd premier airport in the Philippines, the Mactan Cebu Intercontinental Airport, will be expanded by 2018 and supplemented by a new terminal. This signifies the Austrian timber design specialist on a unique variety of challenge: sheet help glulam sort the wavy barrel roof-supporting structure for the modern-day building with 65,000 m² location. Completely, 4,500 m³ glulam are to be ready in Austria, then shipped and previously mounted underneath the way of Rubner timber in Lapu Lapu Town on Mactan Island from November.
By March 2017, the timber need to be completed so the new terminal can be opened on routine. The task is a double novelty: "This is the biggest contract for a glulam building in the company's history of Rubner timber" clarifies job manager Anton Wanas. At the similar time there is no other airport building in Asia, which was entirely produced of glulam.

This is a translation of an report in German language from “Die“.


Glued laminated timber, also termed glulam, is a kind of structural timber solution comprising a quantity of levels of dimensioned timber bonded alongside one another with sturdy, dampness-resistant structural adhesives. The large toughness and stiffness of laminated timbers help glulam beams and arches to span large distances devoid of intermediate columns, letting much more structure adaptability than with classic timber development. The sizing is limited only by transportation and handling constraints.
Timber has a superior strength to fat ratio in comparison with steel and concrete. If you think about equivalent beam dimensions for the identical load bearing potential in glulam and metal, glulam has around 1.5 – 2 situations the energy to excess weight ratio of metal. 

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Weather problem

The heat and humid local climate in the Philippines is a actual challenge for Rubner Holzbau. The company’s 90 yrs working experience is still minimal to Europe with a different climatic issues. On the other hand the wood business in Malaysia is (however cautiously) promoting glulam in a comparable local weather as the Philippines. The complications are numerous. Although in Europe temperatures from -30 to +35 degrees should be mastered, her in the Philippines constructions experience significant humidity, saltwater and serious wind forces. Just imagine Pablo or Yolanda racing in excess of the wave shaped roof of the new terminal.

Large humidity shouldn’t be a fantastic difficulty. We’ve examined above 9 several years a piece of Europe designed melamine-confronted chipboard. It is out on our veranda but secured from immediate rain. In 9 several years it did not experience from the regional weather. Wood and glue are similar to the kinds utilized in the proposed glulam design. Our board did not transform a little bit. Humidity and heath and bugs did not harm it.

Again the Indians

When the Indians from Philippine Megawide Building Corporation and Bangalore-primarily based GMR Infrastructure manage a undertaking, constructive surprises are programmed (see also: “Mactan–Cebu Intercontinental Airport: when the Indians clear up“).  It will be appealing to take a look at Mactan-Cebu Airport this winter when the Austrians make the new terminal. Time span will be November 2016 to March 2017.

With the new capacities by 2018 Mactan-Cebu Airport will be in a position to choose around lots of flights from congested Manila NAIA. At this pretty instant Manila has 70% delayed flights with an typical of 27 minutes. Cebu has all flights on time!

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