The construction of Clark International Airport’s new passenger terminal building is on track despite the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, according to project builder Megawide Construction Corp.
“Construction of the new terminal, access roads, bus station and car parks is 96-percent complete with only minor works remaining. Despite any challenges we are facing, we were actually ahead of schedule before the ECQ was implemented in Luzon,” Megawide chairman and chief executive Edgar Saavedra said.
Saavedra said the new terminal building shell was substantially completed while the installation of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire-protection works and the construction of the landside works were in the final stages.
Construction of the new Clark Airport PTB is being undertaken by Megawide GMR Construction Joint Venture Inc.
MGCJV won the construction package of the Clark International Airport expansion project in December 2017 by submitting the lowest bid of P9.36 billion under a hybrid public-private partnership scheme.
Saavedra said Megawide is confident the project would be turned over to the Bases Conversion and Development Authoritybefore the July 31, 2020 completion date if the lockdown was lifted on April 14.
“The ECQ has minimal impact on our construction timelines for Clark International Airport primarily because engineering and construction are Megawide’s core strengths and the fact that we leveraged on what we learned from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport expansion,” he said.
The partnership of Megawide and Indian airport developer GMR is also behind the development of the MCIA and the contractor of the multi-awarded MCIA Terminal 2.
“We learned a lot during the construction of MCIA Terminal 2. We applied all these learnings in the Clark project, including engineering techniques such as the use of glued-laminated timber for a full roof structure, and many others,” Saavedra said.
“That we were ahead of schedule in the construction of the new Clark PTB is a testament to the all the hard work and dedication of the people on the ground such as our engineering and construction teams; our architect, Integrated Design Associates, who also designed MCIA Terminal 2; and the support of our stakeholders, especially the BCDA and DOTR,” he said.
The new terminal is designed to increase the capacity of the airport from 4 million passengers to 12 million passengers a year.