Indy wrote:What exactly is the problem with the airport? From the outside it looks complete, so it would see all of the work is inside. Couldn't they have gutted and completely rebuilt the inside in less than half the time this whole fiasco has taken place? How do the responsible parties keep dropping the ball? And I assume the person largely responsible for this mess walked away with lined pockets.
It isn't just a single problem.
The whole thing came to public attention when it was discovered that the structure cannot comply with fire safety regulations. While normal design criteria build in smoke extraction upwards using natural convection, the architect didn't like the aesthetics that produced, and produced a design that used fans to suck the smoke downwards, under part of the building and then up again to one side. But of course in a fire scenario one of the first things to do is turn the power off...
Then there's the way that data and power cables have been crammed indiscriminately together in ducts, without proper plans, increasing the risk that there will actually be a fire, and making maintenance very difficult; the famous escalator that is too short for the height it is meant to carry people, resulting in one fixed step at the top, and the list just goes on. It isn't just a case of gutting the building, it virtually needs dismantling and starting again. But the political implications of doing that mean that the entire generation of local politicians who were responsible will have to have left office before it happens.