A Look Behind the Finished Front
Pier G - Highly Flexible Thanks to Farsighted Planning

Inner Values

Many different professions are involved in building and equipping this pier, which will initially have a length of 400 meters. The work required to fill Pier G with life includes applying 160,000 cubic meters of surfacing materials on top of the loadbearing concrete layer and installing 20,000 meters of heating and cooling pipes as well as 9,500 meters of ventilation shafts. The base of the pier (the part closest to the main terminal building) will contain the baggage conveyor system with a total of 1,224 meters of tracks able to move at least 2,000 pieces of luggage per hour toward the planes or back to their owners.

Pier G was already clearly taking shape in 2020. Use the slider to peek into the future and compare the construction site with the finished pier!

The color gray has special importance in Pier G.

The floors are being made by applying 160,000 cubic meters of sand, cement, and binder. Fittingly for the modern design of the overall pier, they feature two different shades of gray. Besides harmonizing excellently with the overall structure, these two colors also serve an important practical purpose: namely, to enable passengers to directly and intuitively find their way to their gates.  The path they use to walk down the middle of the pier is light-gray, while the gate areas feature a darker anthracite. By the way: the concrete walls will be left bare to harmonize with the modern, functional style of the overall pier.

The pier’s inner workings take shape as the technical systems are installed.

The striking skylights in the check-in area enhance the ceiling construction. Each of them measures 10 meters in diameter and therefore not only admits plenty of light but is a real eye-catcher.

The pier’s unique look inspired by “urban lifestyle” is steadily unfolding.

Pier G’s automated baggage conveyor system has a total length of 1.2 kilometers.

The building fit-out of Pier G is already well advanced by the end of 2021.

The escalators and baggage handling system will be tested in early 2022.

Laid, Connected, and Supplied

The pier is state-of-the-art from top to bottom. Its advanced systems enable efficient processes and a pleasant experience for travelers. Perched on the building’s roof are seven installations with a total footprint of 4,762 square meters distributed over its entire length. They are mainly responsible for ventilation, but also include air conditioning. Vertical shafts reach down into the pier to modules that supply electric power to the surrounding areas while ensuring a comfortable temperature and fresh air. Electricians are doing the lion’s share of the work, installing power distributors, safety systems, and measurement and control technology.

A Suitcase Labyrinth

Construction is visibly advancing in all parts of the pier; currently the baggage conveyor system is taking shape in its base. The first parts of the iron tracks were installed in early 2021. With a total length of 1,244 meters, they wend their way through the building. Later the system will carry tens of thousands of suitcases a day to and from aircraft. Once the iron substructure is in place, the technicians go to work to install the conveyor belts and required connections. Then individual sections are tested. In early 2022 things will really start getting exciting: that’s when the overall system will be put through its paces with more than 3,000 baggage items at the same time.

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