Exterior view of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (c)Marcel Lam Photography; Exterior view of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (c)Marcel Lam Photography;

Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Cebu

How can you transform Cebu Airport into a world-class resort gateway?

As the second largest airport in the Philippines, Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is undergoing a transformation to cope with the significant growth in passenger traffic. The first phase of the development provides 11 contact stands and 17 remote stands, which will be further expanded in future phasing to include 20 contact stands.

Central to the transformation plan is the new Terminal 2, a 3-storey building of 65,500m² featuring an arched timber roof.  The enhancement works at Mactan-Cebu also include a major refresh of the existing Terminal 1, reconstruction of the existing apron and four main taxiways, and wholesale upgrade and expansion of the landside facilities and road network.

Arup has provided multidisciplinary services including aviation planning, airfield engineering design, transport planning, and bridges, civil, electrical, façade, fire, highways, mechanical, and structural engineering.

From the use of structural timber as its main element for creating the large span roof, to the rattan furniture and fittings that is Cebu’s local art and crafts, the terminal exudes a spatial elegance and earthy material warmth so unlike most other international airports. This is an international terminal truly befitting the title of ‘Gateway to Cebu’ – a beautiful resort island known for its friendly populace and their warm hospitality.

Project Summary


65,500 terminal building

15.8mpassengers per year

PPP(private-public partnership) project

Interior view of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (c)Marcel Lam Photography Interior view of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (c)Marcel Lam Photography
These glulam arches create column-free space enclosed by a 15m-tall insulated glazed façade. © Marcel Lam Photography

An airport for the future

The new Terminal 2 is designed in a modular fashion for future expansion through the duration of the concession. The airport is designed to handle 15.8 million passengers per year in Phase1 with onward expansion to 28.3 million passengers in Phase 2.

An undulating roof 

The undulations of the iconic roof are reminiscent of the waves around Mactan Island. Taking a cue from the vernacular architecture of the tropics, the tall roof with low eaves to the east and west elevations is a direct response to the local climate to protect and control the internal environment through a careful balance between allowing natural light to enter whilst simultaneously blocking excessive heat.

Better with BIM

Using BIM to deliver the new terminal has enabled us to provide a design that was incredibly well-resolved and therefore easy to construct.

Reimagining BIM to spend less time on process and more on the actual design, our approach allowed us to efficiently serve clients, users and the local community, and to keep costs to an absolute minimum while delivering a project of national importance under great time pressure.

From eradication of unnecessary reports to controlled workshops, our team delivered a world-class facility from multiple offices with limited budget. We worked as efficiently as possible in our BIM-lite environment, capitalising on development of smart workflows, automation, and parametric modelling. With the accelerated construction schedule, the team focused on timely decision making, simplifying construction interfaces by reducing disciplinary interfaces during design, and resolving complicated geometric configurations within the 3D environment well ahead of procurement and installation.

Implementation of BIM allowed for quick, efficient testing of the inter-relationships between competing airport requirements, such as for apron airfield topography, terminal floor heights, and road networks. To identify the building height limitation of the terminal building, line of sight from the Control Tower was assessed through creating BIM/3D massing models and viewing in the virtual airport. 

Using BIM to deliver the new Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal has enabled us to provide a design that was incredibly well-resolved and therefore easy to construct. Using BIM to deliver the new Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal has enabled us to provide a design that was incredibly well-resolved and therefore easy to construct.
Using BIM to deliver the new terminal has enabled us to provide a design that was incredibly well-resolved and therefore easy to construct.

Awards

Asia Property Awards 2018 – Special Recognition for Public Facility
Kohler Bold Design Awards 2017 – Winner
Hong Kong Green Building Award 2016 – Finalist
Autodesk BIM Awards 2016 – Merit Prize