On 23 February 2011, the College of Experts (1), formed in spring 2010 to select the project to be implemented, designated the multidisciplinary group of agents (2) that will complete the aile_EST construction project, whose main purpose is to host jumbo jets.
After an ad hoc procedure instituted to meet the requirements of cantonal and international legislation on public procurement, the group comprising Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners / Jacques Bugna Architecture Workshop / Ingérop Consulting & Engineering and its partners Babel, Geos, EGC Chuard, Perrin & Spaeth, BA Consulting, and Assysytem was chosen.
On 23 February 2011, after a procedure to select candidates and review their proposals, the College of Experts established by the Airport during the spring of 2010 designated the winner chosen to build the new aile_EST lounges.
The building is intended to replace the current facility built "temporarily" in the 1970s, mainly to enabling the hosting of jumbo jets.
Aile_EST will make it possible to offer passengers reception and boarding conditions in line with the philosophy already applied in the recent projects completed in the terminal.
The new building will enable the Airport’s various partners to improve their effectiveness, efficiency and ergonomics.
With an estimated cost of around 350 million francs, this substantial investment will enable Geneva International Airport to adjust to the new requirements arising from the growth it has experienced in recent years and to its customers’ expectations.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is a London-based international architectural practice that was awarded the Pritzker Prize ("Nobel Prize for architecture") in 2007. The practice has designed a wide range of buildings, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris (with Renzo Piano); Lloyd's Tower in London; Terminal 4 of Madrid Barajas Airport; and Terminal 5 of London Heathrow Airport.
The Jacques Bugna Architecture Workshop is a Swiss practice that has built its reputation primarily in the design and construction of prestige buildings in Geneva: the Suisse Romande Television Tower; the Central Police Headquarters; the Headquarters of the European Broadcasting Union; the Headquarters of the World Economic Forum; and private facilities (industrial and administrative buildings, sports centres, schools, etc.).
Ingérop Consulting and Engineering is a French company that specializes in large complex projects and has participated in projects including the creation of the Musée des arts premiers (Quai Branly) in Paris; and the TGV stations of Aix-en-Provence and Orleans. Ingérop is present in Switzerland through its subsidiary Geos Consulting Engineers SA and has surrounded itself for the occasion with several partners, including the Geneva practice Babel Civil Engineers SA.
(1) The College of Experts, consisting of members from within and outside GVA, was chaired by Prof. Harry Gugger, Architect, Director of the EPFL Architectural Production Laboratory. The vice-chairman was Prof. Aurelio Muttoni, Civil Engineer, Director of the EPFL Concrete Construction Laboratory. Other members of the College were Mr. Sully-Paul Vuille, Architect and member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Robert Deillon, General Manager, Mr. Pierre Germain, Commercial and Financial Director, Mr Nicolas Gaspoz, Infrastructures and Planning Director, M. Xavier Wohlschlag, Director of Operations, Mr Vincent Jolliat, Architect, Chief of the Buildings Services, Mr. Eric Brändli, Civil Engineer, Head of Civil Engineering, Mr. Emmanuel Christ, Architect, Basle, Mr. Charles Pictet, Architect, Geneva, and Mr. Pierre Renaud, CVSE Engineer, La Sagne.
The alternates were Mr. Philippe Péclard, Architect, Rolle, and Mr. Jean-Luc Portier, Chief of Airport Steering at GVA.
The procedure secretariat was organized by Mr. Jean-Marc Bovet, Architect, Fribourg.
External specialists consulted included Prof. Jean-Baptiste Zufferey, Legal Adviser, Fribourg.
2) GVA took the decision to organize a selective procedure requiring the establishment of multidisciplinary groups of agents consisting of architects, civil engineers and CVSE engineers. The selection of the first 5 groups based on their records and their references resulted in a Warrant of Parallel Studies (MEP) allowing the five contestants selected to prepare an architectural, structural, technical and functional proposal.