SOM's Mumbai Airport Terminal Wins Outstanding Project Award from Structural Engineering Council

The SOM-designed Terminal 2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has received an Outstanding Project Award from the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA). Charles Besjak, SOM Director of Structural Engineering, and Preetam Biswas, SOM Associate Director of Structural Engineering, accepted the award on September 19, 2014, at a ceremony in New Orleans.

Located in Mumbai, the recently completed Terminal 2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport adds 4.4 million square feet of new space to accommodate 40 million passengers per year. The building combines international and domestic passenger services under one roof, optimizing terminal operations and reducing walking distances. The terminal’s roof — one of the largest in the world without an expansion joint — allows the spacing of 30 columns to be far enough apart to allow for maximum flexibility in the arrangement of processing facilities. A 50-foot-tall glass cable-stayed wall, the longest in the world, wraps the terminal, enabling well-wishers to watch as their friends and family depart.

The Outstanding Project accolade is the highest honor bestowed by the NCSEA as part of its Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards program. According to the association, the program “recognizes the strongest examples of structural engineering ingenuity throughout the world. Projects are judged on innovative design, engineering achievement, and creativity.”

Terminal 2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport was honored in the "International Structures Over $100 Million" category. Earlier this year, the terminal, along with SOM's Denver Union Station Train Hall and the San Bernardino Justice Center, received the NCSEA's 2014 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards.