Fast and Precisely
Highly Flexible Thanks to Farsighted Planning

Large Concrete Sections

After the preparations were finished, work to build the carcass of Pier G began in June 2019. To enable its completion by 2022, everything has to mesh perfectly. Much of the work is therefore proceeding concurrently. For example, while the carcass is still being extended upward, technicians are already busy in the cellar. To comply with the strict schedule, prefabricated sections are used. They are cast beforehand at a factory and then delivered to the construction ready to install. Piece by piece, the carcass rises skyward like a building set for children.

Pier G, with capacity for up to five million passengers a year, will be completed in 2022. It will begin operating as soon as there is enough demand, which Fraport expects to be the case by 2026 at the latest.

From above it’s easy to distinguish various phases of the work to build Pier G. Concrete structures are already visible at the back, while the excavation activities in the foreground hint at the extension that is planned for later.

While work still continues to mount the rebars in the foreground, further back loadbearing structures are already standing.

The contours of the base of Pier G are steadily taking shape. Passengers will check or pick up their luggage here.

Growing quickly: the carcass of Pier G is already standing in this photograph from mid-2020, ready for adding the exterior walls and finishing the interior.

The distinctive round skylights in the base of Pier G are taking shape.

By April 2021, work on the exteriors has already made considerable progress. The pier is starting to take on its final appearance.

The progress being made is easy to see from above: the building shell of Pier G, shown here in the first contruction phase, is nearly completed.

The pier’s base will later be enlarged and connected to the main terminal building.

Into Higher Spheres

The use of prefabricated sections permits much faster progress than would be the case if they were cast in place right at the construction site. For Pier G, the supports, ceilings, and reinforcing beams are all made elsewhere. A large, powerful crawler crane assembles them, and the carcass grows piece by piece. As soon as the carcass of a section is finished, other specialists start installing technical systems.

Construction supervisor Mahad Afhakame explains the advantages of the 220-tonne crawler crane used to build Pier G and the challenges that have to be met to transport it to where it’s needed.

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