African Design Magazine November 2015 - Page 26

26 A UNIQUE South African structural engineering expertise and ingenuity has been showcased at a project to construct a new maintenance hangar for Ethiopian Airlines at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that can accommodate a single Boeing 767, a 777, or two Boeing 737s. T he client, Elmi Orlindo Construction, an Ethiopian based contractor, was determined to win a bid against international competitors to secure the contract for the design and construction of the new hangar for Ethiopian Airlines, thus providing a local Ethiopian fabricated engineering solution. Hatch Goba were appointed as structural and civil engineers to provide an appropriate cost effective and local solution that maintained the quality of the end product while acknowledging some constraints of constructing in an Ethiopian environment. The main design objectives were low steel tonnage, fabrication simplicity and erection safety, without incurring the cost of temporary works staging. Hatch Goba commenced with the design component of the project in January 2013, with project completion in