Finalising our design was the main priority for the week; we had to incorporate the elevator lift mechanisms into our actual terminal as advised during last week’s critical session. This meant that the design had to modified and adjusted according to the client’s needs. Below shows a sketch up of our proposed heliport design: it has two floors with an extra mezzanine just below the roof level. The first floor will mainly be the business associates who will most likely used the two covered helipads with it also boasting a Michelin starred restaurant and conference rooms for business meetings. The ground floor will be a public terminal where scheduled flights will take place. The mezzanine floor will mainly hold a water tank and be the hub for the control room.
We have also started our structural analysis for this building where we will be designing for the most critical case assuming that the beams are discontinuous and simply supported. With regards to the sustainability aspect of this project, we had to consider power generation, waste management and material choices. We have been researching into the use of natural and local resources as well as the conservation of the physical and natural environment. Next week, we will be focusing on finalising all the fine details of the terminal including the final layout of the terminal with a provision for all services and all the calculations relevant to the terminal building.