Down-to-Earth Terminal Design

by Steven M. Reiss, Aviation Service Group Chairman; HNTB Corp., 1201 Walnut Street, Suite 700, Kansas City, MO 64106,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 2, Pg. 48-51

Document Type: Feature article


From New England to the Pacific Northwest, airport terminals in the 1990s are being designed and built to meet foreseeable demand--with very little uncommitted space. The speculative nature of terminal building design and planning, dominant a decade ago, has been replaced by a philosophy more attuned to today's realities of consolidation of carriers, shared use of facilities, a slowed passenger growth rate and high debt loads for carriers and airport operators. New or expanded terminals at Manchester Airport in New Hampshire and T.F. Green State Airport in Providence, R.I.; Portland (Ore.) International Airport; Syracuse-Hancock International Airport in New York, and Greater Rochester international Airport in New York, and Greater Rochester International Airport in New York, are examples of projects undertaken in direct response to air traffic demands.

Subject Headings: Airport terminals | Building design | Air traffic | Passengers | Load factors | Traffic management | Highway and road design | Sustainable development | United States | New York | New England | Pacific Northwest | New Hampshire | Rhode Island

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