BBI Terminal: Go-ahead given for construction work

Start of construction marks a key milestone on the way to BBI / Terminal to be mainstay of new airport / Europe's biggest airport project takes shape / BAM Deutschland, Max Bögl and ALPINE Bau carry out structural work on terminal
The time has finally come: today marks the start of construction work on the BBI Terminal and another milestone for Berlin Airports towards realising the new Capital Airport, which will open its doors at the start of the 2011/2012 winter flight schedule. Berlin Airports had only awarded the contract for carrying out structural work on the terminal to BAM Deutschland AG, Stuttgart, in June. A contract was awarded to the consortium Max Bögl Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG/the Berlin branch of ALPINE Bau Deutschland AG at the same time for building the north and south piers.

The new six-storey BBI passenger terminal will be 220-metres long, 180-metres wide and 32-metres high. A 715-metre-long main pier will be built in front of the terminal and, according to current plans, will have 15 jetways. The terminal will be completed by a 350-metre-long north pier, which is intended for walk boarding, and a 350-metre-long south pier with ten jetways. The U-shaped terminal complex will initially be able to handle 22 to 25 million passengers.

Klaus Wowereit, governing mayor of Berlin, on the start of construction: "Starting the structural work on the terminal marks yet another key milestone on the way to completing BBI. The new terminal will be the mainstay of the future airport. Thanks to BBI, the capital region will be well equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead in a globalised world."

Matthias Platzeck, Minister President of Brandenburg: "BBI is one of Europe's most significant building projects. Starting construction work on the terminal also sends out a strong signal to local businesses to continue to actively participate in the construction of BBI. BBI is a success story for regional SMEs. We will continue to implement our tried-and-tested BBI concept for SMEs in future, too. The BBI construction site is the region's key growth driver even now. Contracts worth 1.2 billion euros have already been awarded, of which 85 per cent alone have gone to regional businesses."

Dr. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs: "BBI represents a high-performance, international commercial airport for the federal capital. The terminal lends this airport its unmistakable character. Only last week were we able to complete the first section of the railway station. Construction work is progressing steadily. With BBI, the capital region is realising one of Europe's biggest airport projects. One that is not only of major importance for the whole of Germany, but also for bordering regions such as western Poland."

Thomas Weyer, BBI/Technical Director of Berlin Airports: "Starting the structural work on time ensures that work on BBI can continue according to schedule. During peak periods, over 1,000 construction workers will carry out structural work on the terminal alone. The new terminal meets all of the requirements of a modern, high-performance and customer-oriented airport. The terminal is an investment in customer satisfaction. It will be one of the new landmarks in the capital region."

BBI – a next-generation airport

The architecture:

With its echoes of regional architecture, BBI will clearly find its place in the German capital region. The terminal's structured facades and clear geometric forms pick up on architectural elements ranging from Prussian architect Schinkel to the Bauhaus style. The main access road – a tree-lined avenue – makes reference to characteristic features from the cityscapes and countryside of Berlin and Brandenburg.


The days of paper tickets are numbered. E-tickets will dominate the airport world of tomorrow. As a result, there will not only be eight check-in islands with a total of 112 check-in desks, but also about 120 airline check-in machines at BBI. Passengers will be able to use the machines to print out their own boarding cards, e.g. for flights booked on the Internet.


Modern journeys start at the airport of tomorrow after the security check. Shops and restaurants, cafes and bars will be just as much part of BBI as runways and check-in desks. Visitors to the German capital region will also be met with first-class catering and retail facilities outside the security zone at BBI and in hotels and conference centres in the AirportCity.


The airport of tomorrow will have even more stringent security areas than today. The EU Commission has tightened security regulations for airports several times in recent years. As many as seven different flows of passengers (incoming, outgoing, transfer, EU, non-EU, Schengen, non-Schengen) must be strictly controlled according to EU guidelines. Berlin Airports took these complex requirements into account when planning BBI. This also enables any loss of time possibly caused by tougher security regulations to be minimised. Modern identification processes will play an important role at BBI. Berlin Airports is already testing three-dimensional biometric face recognition as part of an EU-wide development project.

Ideal traffic connections:

BBI will also have the best possible connections on the ground. It will be easy for passengers to reach the airport by car via the A113 motorway or the B96a main road via a central terminal access road. Rail travellers will be optimally connected with the airport's six-track underground terminal station and will be able to reach the terminal quickly and easily via the escalators and lifts. All the more reason now to clarify pressing questions relating to the planning and construction of BBI rail connections.

Environmental compatibility:

Environmental compatibility plays a major role in the plans for BBI. Noise levels caused by aircraft on the ground are largely absorbed by the airport site because of the midfield concept. Reasonably priced operating and maintenance costs are an important part of the plans for BBI. The planners have attached particular importance to ideal energy consumption in the individual buildings. The plans not only include the use of highly innovative heat recovery systems, but renewable energy systems have also been integrated – e.g. geothermal energy or cooling systems using rainwater. An ecological construction monitoring process will minimise environmental pollution during building work (e.g. transferring protected species of animals, using low-noise building vehicles and low-noise asphalt for building roads). Comprehensive compensatory measures (e.g. the renaturation of an area measuring 2,000 hectares south of Berlin) will accompany the expansion of the airport.

BBI Terminal fact sheet – facts and figures

Architects: pg bbi: Planungsgemeinschaft Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg International consisting of - J. S. K. International Architekten und Ingenieure GmbH - gmp Generalplanungsgesellschaft mbH - IGK-IGR Ingenieurgesellschaft Kruck mbH (all based in Berlin)

General terminal planning More than 140 planning offices from the areas of architecture, structural framework planning and building services engineering as well as other specialised planners are involved in working on the terminal.

Total area of terminal and piers - Gross floor space: 280,000 m² - Roof area: 49,000 m² - Access road approx. 550 m long

Terminal - Length: 220 m - Width: 180 m - Height: 32 m

Main pier - Length: 715 m - According to current plans, initially 15 jetways, one for handling A-380 aircraft

North pier - Length: 350 m - Walk boarding

South pier - Length: 350 m - 10 jetways

Terminal levels Level U2 – railway, machinery, supply and disposal area Level U1 – feeder level from the railway station to the terminal and AirportCity Level E0 – arrivals, incl. baggage reclaim and access road Level EOZ – intermediate floor for separating passengers according to the Air Security Act Level E1 – access road, departures, check-in, security checkpoints, retail, cafes/restaurants and waiting rooms Level E2 – waiting rooms, lounges, offices Level E3 – lounges Level E4 – terrace

Terminal facilities: - Eight check-in islands with 112 desks in all - Frequent use of Common Use Self-Service (CUSS), i.e. check-in at machines, which are jointly used by several airlines. Baggage can be handed in at so-called "drop off points". - 40 security checkpoints with prior boarding card checks - Baggage reclaim hall with 8 baggage reclaim carousels

Baggage sorting hall: - Gross floor space: 20,000 m² - Baggage conveying equipment: 9,500 m - Baggage checks using multi-stage baggage checking units with three levels of checks - 24 circular belts as loading end points - 4 pier belts as loading end points - 4 transfer feeding conveyors - Baggage storage for 1,600 items of luggage

Capacity - Initial capacity 2011: 22–25 million passengers - Maximum extension: the capacity of BBI can be gradually increased to up to 360,000 flight movements, i.e. some 40 million passengers, to meet market developments

Railway station ICE station with two platforms for regional and long-distance traffic and one local railway platform

Technical equipment 48,000 sprinkler heads 10,000 fire detectors 177 km of piping 210,000 m² of sheet metal channels for room ventilation equipment 4 power stations 30 transformers 1,300 sanitary installations 10,000 speakers

Other information 33,000 m² of glass facades 160,000 m³ of concrete 35,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel 9,000 tonnes of construction steel for steel structures

Spokesman Lars Wagner

Lars Wagner Head of the Press Office / Spokesman
Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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