Kota Kinabalu International Airport

The building

Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is the main gateway into the state of Sabah (East Malaysia) and represents the second busiest airport in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). On 19 August 2008 the airport opened a new two-wing 12-gate terminal building, which has the capability to handle around nine (9) million passengers a year. Improvements to the airport included new extended transfer piers, new upgraded contact piers, airport main road junction improvements and also a two-tier four-lane separate access road to departure and arrival levels and a new VVIP lounge.

The approach

Comprehensive structural analyses was undertaken utilising simulated fire conditions in order to predict the performance of the non-protected structural steel elements. Detailed computer evacuation simulations were conducted for the entire airport building to determine effective occupant egress design was achieved and compatible with airport functionality and security measures.

Location Sabah, East Malaysia
Completion 2008