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Helsinki Airport’s Terminal 2 wins the Site of the Year award

Article published
23.11.2021 at 10:37
Puinen alakatto ja suuret ikkunat terminaali 2:n laajennuksessa.
People & Aviation
The construction site of the Terminal 2 extension, which is part of Finavia’s Helsinki Airport Development Programme, has won the Rakennuslehti magazine’s Site of the Year competition. The collaboration alliance formed for the extension and alteration of Terminal 2 has achieved all the goals set for it, and the facilities will open on schedule on 1 December 2021.

“Finavia has invested more than EUR 1 billion in the development of Helsinki Airport over the 10-year project. Finavia’s goal is to strengthen the position of Helsinki Airport in the international competition between airports so that the great connections for Finns to destinations around the world will continue to develop,” says Finavia’s Project Director Martti Nurminen.

Strong management models were built for the implementation of Terminal 2. The key parts of these models included the introduction of new technologies and tools, communication and common practices. In addition, the change and development needs related to working practices were coordinated through a common model, which has made it possible to respond to problems more quickly and carry out development work before moving on to the next phase.

Data modelling was used to design and control the construction of the terminal sections completed during the Helsinki Airport Development Programme. In data modelling, all elements – such as walls, stairs and pipes – can be digitally assembled before the actual construction begins. Data modelling has had a major impact on the smoothness and predictability of work on construction sites. Digital tools are one important factor that has helped to design and build extensions on schedule and on budget.


The alliance model, which brings together the main actors, enabled the creation of a forum for key people, where the allocation of detailed tasks to the right and best-informed parties has gone smoothly. For the purpose of the work, Finavia set up a workspace for the alliance in order to give everyone the opportunity to work right next to the site, on the same premises.

The alliance for the Terminal 2 extension and alteration project consists of Finavia, SRV, ALA Architects, architecture firm HKP and Ramboll Finland.

Finavia’s environmental targets also guide the work on the site

A large share of the premises already completed as part of the development programme have received a certificate of sustainability. Finavia will also apply for A BREEAM environmental scheme certificate for both the design and the implementation of the Terminal 2 extension.

“Throughout the development programme, the targets of Finavia’s climate programme have been included in the design and the work. I’m very happy that, in addition to meeting environmental targets, the project has also succeeded in operating cost-effectively and on schedule.”


The climate efforts are evident on the site in very concrete ways. During demolition and construction work, special attention was paid to matters such as controlling the dust resulting from crushing rock. Airborne dust can affect air traffic safety and harm people in the area.

Waste materials generated on site are recycled and reused on site. Materials such as concrete, metal and wood waste, asphalt and soil removed to make room for buildings have been reused.

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