Canberra Airport Terminal

Project Features

  • Major redevelopment project
  • 50,000 sqm new construction terminal
  • 2 x 38,000 sqm new construction car parks
  • 2 x tri-generation plants
  • 4 x electric chillers
  • 2 x absorption chillers
  • 6 x hot water heaters
  • 65 x AHUs
  • 150 x VAVs
  • 28 x process cooling units for essential building power, security and communication systems
Year Completed

Project Details

$460m redevelopment project delivers award winning gateway to the Nation’s Capital.

The Canberra Airport Multiuser Terminal project was a $460m redevelopment of the existing terminal precinct located in Majura and is the largest privately funded piece of public infrastructure ever built in Canberra. With the client’s vision to create the best small airport in the world, works included a new 50,000m² terminal, two 38,000m² car parks with office accommodation on the top levels, a central elevated road, road network infrastructure and the upgrading and extension of aprons and taxiways to service international and domestic aircraft.

Awarded the mechanical services contract for the project by Construction Control, Benmax is proud of the key subcontractor role it played in delivering the major infrastructure and award-winning project for the benefit of the Canberra community.

With all redevelopment works undertaken in and around the existing and operational terminal, carparks and aprons, one of the main challenges for the project team was the need to limit the disruption to staff, tenants and the travelling public. With this in mind, the planning and staging of the complex works was critical for project stakeholders and required a collaborative, responsive and professional working relationship.

Designed by Rudds Consulting Engineers, the main mechanical features of the new terminal building include two central energy tri-generation systems that provide electricity, heating, chilled and condenser water to all parts of the terminal and adjoining structures. Conditioning to the terminal is supplied by four electric and two absorption chillers and six hot water heaters and is distributed via a low temperature air system comprising of over 65 x AHUs and 150 x VAVs.

Successfully commissioned and handed over to the client in early 2013, Benmax continues to maintain the airport’s HVAC systems today through our dedicated service and maintenance division.


Master Builders ACT Building Excellence Awards

  • Winner – Overall Project of the Year (Construction Control)
  • Winner – Commercial Building More than $80 million (Construction Control)
Mechanical services for $460m major infrastructure project at Canberra Airport including construction of two tri-generation plants.

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