Design concept for $300 million expansion of Santiago International Airport unveiled by luis vidal + architects
luis vidal + architects, an international firm that provides responsible and quality designs in response to today’s urban and social challenges, unveiled the design concepts for the $300 million expansion of the international airport of Santiago. The 592,000 square foot project will set new standards for Caribbean airports by incorporating state-of-the-art technology and local resources into construction.
“Thanks to our international experience in designing world-class airports unique to each region, Santiago International Airport is quickly becoming one of the most modern airports in the Caribbean,” said Óscar Torrejón, Partner and Office Manager of the Dominican Republic at home. vidal + architects.
The design will transform the current building into a mixed-use space comprising an office park, business center and hotel to complement the services offered by the airport. The investment will increase passenger flow, accommodating four million travelers once it officially opens, doubling its current capacity. The expansion will also increase freight capacity, boosting regional and industrial trade.
“This new terminal was inspired by the beauty and culture of our region,” said Félix García, Chairman of the Board of Santiago International Airport. “As one of the largest airports in the region, we are pleased to work with the team at luis vidal + architects to construct a building that will be sustainable and meet the needs of our community.”
Specifics of the new terminal’s design include expanded check-in and ticketing, advanced security and baggage operations, and outdoor green spaces. The expansion will also provide the airport with more space for aircraft parking and extend the airport’s runway to 9,800 feet, which can accommodate larger aircraft.
Features of the new terminal include:
• Nine Contact Posts: Designated areas in the airport apron where an aircraft can use a passenger boarding bridge if the airline so chooses, designed on two levels to separate the flow of departures from arrivals.
• One mile of new roads.
• Over 150,000 square feet of green space.
• An elevated parking area connected to the new terminal.
• Airport offices and extensive shopping, hotel and business center with restaurants and dining options
• An elevated, free-standing access route leading to check-in on level two, while another access route connects to the pre-existing building and arrivals hall on level one.
The architecture of the terminal will blend harmoniously with the curves of the surrounding landscape, inspired by the linearity of the fields for harvesting bananas, tobacco and coffee. The background of the region is recreated within the terminal, providing an indoor-outdoor continuity that brings the gardens indoors. Interior ceilings mimic the shade of vegetation, with over 8 million pounds of lumber making up the roof structure.
“We wanted to ensure effortless navigation in the new terminal to accommodate the influx of passengers, while weaving elements of the surrounding natural landscapes of the region within the project,” said Luis Vidal, President and Founding Partner of luis vidal + architects.
Inspired by the vast panorama of El Cibao, the nature-friendly design aligns with the value of Santiago International Airport as an ally of the local, regional and national community in the preservation of natural and environmental resources .
The airport began in November 2021 and is expected to be completed in 2026.