'Fire Risk' Warning for New Suvarnabhumi Terminal Design (The…
'Fire Risk' Warning for New Suvarnabhumi Terminal Design
The Engineering Institute of Thailand
that the winning design
for the new passenger terminal
at Suvarnabhumi airport
poses a huge fire risk
with its huge wooden structures.
executives held a media conference
at the institute in Bangkok
to issue the warning.
Vice president Kecha Thirakomen
the winning design requires a lot of wood and the use of timber pillars and ceiling support beams increased the risk in the event of a fire.
They would catch fire quickly. The fire would be extensive and fierce. High-level wooden beams would be engulfed in rising heat that would be trapped under the ceiling. Standard fire-fighting systems like sprinklers and hoses would not be able to cope
the designer had already confirmed that the new terminal would use wood and that would pose problems with fire-proofing.
The intricate pattern of the wooden beams would also cause cleaning problems.
member on building standards
the use of so much wood would result in a low level of fire resistance for the new terminal.
If Airports of Thailand (AoT) decided to look for a new design, it should let engineering representatives have their say
The designer is DBALP Consortium, headed by renowned architect Duangrit Bunnag.
came second in the area of technical scores
but won the contest last month
because the AoT disqualified the top scorer
for failing to use the AoT's own tendering form, which detailed important conditions.
AoT expects the second terminal to double Suvarnabhumi airport's capacity,
from handling 30 million passengers a year to 60 million.
The construction cost was estimated at 42 billion baht.