Location: Kingston, Jamaica

Client: Airport Authority of Jamaica


  • Architects: Llewelyn Davis Young
  • Structural Engineering: Peter Jervis & Associates
  • Detailing and shop drawings: Palgag Building Technologies LTD

Main contractor:

  • Phase 1: Palgag Building Technologies LTD – Waving gallery and check in area roofs
  • Phase 2: Kier Construction Limited – New terminal building and pier expansion
  • Phase 3: Palgag Building Technologies LTD – Exterior canopies and walkways

Project management: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

About the project

As part of the expansion and renovation of Norman Manley International Airport were built, expanded and/or renovated the following buildings: new terminal, the pier, waving gallery, check-in area, arrival area, business lounge, exterior sport bar, main parking entrance and exterior canopies and walkways.

The main works executed by Palgag include:

Steel construction:

  • Approximately 1,000 tons of steel structure, mainly exposed structures.
  • 9,000 square meters of roof for the New Terminal building, consisting mainly of 3-dimensional arched trusses, adding an impressive aspect to the roof and entire structure.

Metal roofing system:

  • Total surface area, approximately 18,000 square meters.
  • Main chosen solution: thermo-acoustic roofing system, to include long span perforated metal deck, insulation and Riverclack covering system made of pre-painted aluminium.


  • Total surface area, approximately 4,000 square meters
  • Chosen solution: ML80 Integral insulating panels, using new window system developed by ThyssenKrupp Hoesch Bausysteme GmbH. This new panel system lends architectural accuracy to the external wall cladding and a pleasingly aesthetic look achieved by the harmonious introduction of windows into the surface of horizontally laid Integral panels, without interruption to the characteristic joint line.

Bullnose details:

  • Approximately 1,300 linear meters
  • All Bullnose and finishing details, made of 2.0 mm pre-painted aluminium, carefully planned, manufactured and installed, lending the buildings’ facades an impressive appearance.

Interior works:

  • Drywalls, decorative steel and wood structures and ceilings, mainly in shopping area and piers

Exterior canopies and walkways:

  • Concrete foundation and walkways
  • Steel structure covered by multiwall polycarbonate sheets