With its massive Y-shaped columns and clever use of concrete and glass, the Central Terminal Building (CTB) at OR Tambo International Airport is both striking and devoid of the heavy, boxed-in feeling that so many high traffic airports share. The CTB not only forms the central link between the international and domestic terminals, but also links the multi-storey parking garage and new Gautrain Railway Station at OR Tambo International Airport. Its completion sets a new benchmark for design efficacy, functional flexibility and construction quality in that it is purposefully designed yet still manages to impress those who enter its doors with breathtakingly clean lines and purposefully robust surfaces.
The completion of the new CTB was vital for the success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the airport served as the gateway for the world traveller.
Aurecon's involvement in the project comprised the civil and structural engineering which included the implementation of a complex glass and aluminium facade system pivotal to the CTB's visual appeal. Aurecon also provided wet services and mechanical engineering, including HVAC.
The terminal was constructed while minimising disruption of existing operations by careful sequencing and collaboration with the client and contractor.
Aurecon has won a number of awards for this project. These include:
Winner - Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) AON Engineering Excellence Awards - CESA/ Glenrand M.I.B. Engineering Excellence for Projects greater than R100 million 
Winner - Construction World’s Best Projects Award - South Africa - Professional Services 
Commendation - Fulton Awards - South Africa - Building Project