Built as part of the original Domestic Terminal Building (DTB) construction in the 1980's, the skylight spans nearly the entirety of the terminal roof. This feature allows natural light to flood the terminals, though is nearing the end of its design life due to its age. As such, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is undertaking a project to replace the entire asset to ensure ongoing compliance with safety standards.
The skylight is made up of 1,090 individual panels, spanning 480 metres of the Terminal's length, travelling above retail tenancies, public areas, check-in counters, airline lounges, as well as food & beverage offerings.
Due to this, the project has to minimise the impact of these works on operations by planning key works activities to occur external to the building (via the roof) and outside of operational hours.
In areas directly below works activities, passengers may notice exclusion zones and 'catch nets' in the vault above, designed to catch falling debris and dust as a result of the demolition works. With cranes used on the terminal aprons to lift the modules to the installation zone, temporary exclusion zones are also set up during the lifting process and managed by contractors on site.
BAC is proud to support local, with the skylight project engaging a number of South East Queensland companies to supply 93 per cent of construction materials for the project, including the glass panels and aluminium frames.
The Skylight Replacement is targeting completion in October 2020.
- 93% construction materials for the project were sourced from SEQ
- More than 90% of employees working on the project live in SEQ
- The skylight was constructed as part of the original Domestic Terminal development in the 1980’s (the DTB opened in 1987)
- The Skylight spans 480 metres of the Domestic Terminal rooftop
- The skylight is made up of 1,090 glass panels (each weighing approx. 19kgs)
- To replace the skylight, 168 crane lifts were required to transfer all materials onto the rooftop
- More than 995m of roof flashing replaced as part of the project.