Mumbai's New T2 Airport Terminal GFRG Ceiling Manufactured by Formglas
TORONTO, January 16, 2014
TORONTO, January 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
An architectural gem featuring a dramatic ceiling made by leading global
manufacturer of glass fiber reinforced molded architectural products.
The recent inauguration of Mumbai airport's new state-of-the-art T2 terminal
reveals an impressive engineering and architectural achievement. The newly
opened Terminal 2 building at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport,
designed by the New York office of globally leading architectural firm
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) and built by India-based conglomerate GVK
Power & Infrastructure Ltd. (GVK), features a dramatic, technically complex
and aesthetically breathtaking molded coffer ceiling inside the terminal, with
integrated columns, as well as a striking retail corridor featuring perforated
ceiling petals and skylights, manufactured by Formglas Products Ltd., a
leading provider of molded architectural product solutions to projects
"The sheer scale and aesthetic impression of the ceiling and columns is
difficult to appreciate unless you stand beneath it," said John Chettleburgh,
President and CEO of Formglas, whose company worked in close collaboration
with SOM and GVK throughout the Mumbai new airport project to ensure flawless
execution of this impressive and critical design element.
The ceiling structure includes more than 4000 coffers, nearly 100 square feet
each, and complex columns over 100 feet high. Formglas leveraged
sophisticated 3D and CAD/CAM technology to model and fabricate molds, and
glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GFRG) material was used to create the modular
ceiling and column components installed on site. Formglas manufactured and
supervised the installation of close to 40,000 m ^2 of material over one year,
was responsible for other molded decorative ceiling elements throughout the
retail, departure and arrival areas, and supported production of exterior
architectural components by supplying molds to another producer on the
project. "Taking into account that this is likely the largest installation of
GFRG in the world, that it involved exceptional logistical coordination of our
two North American factories, and was our first major project in India, we are
extremely proud of the achievement," said Chettleburgh.
"Execution of the project was a model of cooperation and collaboration," said
Richard Samson, Senior Vice President of Formglas, and the executive who was
responsible for securing and overseeing the project for Formglas. "All
project members involved recognized that the successful completion of this
one-of-a-kind undertaking required complete trust, open communication and
thoughtful contribution of ideas. We were fortunate to be part of a
The new Mumbai Airport terminal will cater to over 40 million passengers
annually and serve as a modern, efficient and vital transportation hub for
India and the region.
For more information about the release, please see the Mumbai T2 project
webpage http://www.formglas.com/projects/features/t2mumbai .
Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Formglas Products Ltd. is North America ' s
largest manufacturer of custom molded glass fiber reinforced gypsum, concrete
and composite FRP-based architectural products for interior and exterior
applications. Formglas solutions are sustainable, designed to accelerate
construction, enhance aesthetic appearance and ensure years of durability and
beauty. Learn more at http://www.formglas.com .
2 Champagne Drive, Suite 200Toronto, ON M3J 2C5 CANADA
Contact: Contact: John Chettleburgh Formglas Products Ltd. Phone:
1-866-635-8030 Fax: (416) 635-6588
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