Nashville Airport highlights importance of sustainable design

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Designed by Fentress Architects, Nashville Airport’s new Concourse D has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, in recognition of the project’s sustainable, wellness-oriented design and construction process.

The certification makes Nashville’s new $292 million, 115,000 sq. ft. concourse one of only five constructed airport facilities in the US, and one of nine airport facilities worldwide, to earn LEED Silver under the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) rigorous LEED v4 standards.

The most widely used green building rating system in the world, LEED is seen as an international symbol of excellence. The programme’s performance-based approach and progressive sustainability benchmarks are designed to optimise building performance and support occupant health and wellbeing.

“Fentress Architects has been at the forefront of green building design for over four decades,” said Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, Principal in Charge of Design at Fentress Architects. “Energy conservation is a key element of not only our design approach, but our values as a firm. We are proud to have leveraged our expertise, along with the commitment of all partners involved in this significant project, to realise BNA’s forward-thinking sustainability standards.”

The expansion of the airport’s concourse was completed in July 2020 and has elevated the airport as a world-class facility with six domestic aircraft gates, public art, diverse traveller amenities, and improved ramp amenities and function space.

Commenting on the LEED certification as a coveted mark of environmental distinction, Nashville Airport’s President and CEO Dough Kreulen said: “We’re building not only a bigger airport, but also a better, greener, more sustainable airport. I’m proud of our commitment to these principles and appreciative of all the hard work that went into obtaining this recognition.”

The project’s green design and construction components include: electrochromic glass that blocks out excessive sunlight and heat for passengers’ comfort while reducing glare and energy consumption for climate control; energy efficient and programmable lighting that dims when natural light is adequate for visibility; a focus on human health and wellness with features including an abundance of dayglighting, green cleaning practices and water bottle filling stations; light-coloured building and paving materials that retain less heat, reducing energy use while mitigating heat-island effect; geothermal cooling; water-conserving plumbing and recycling bins throughout the concourse and 80% of construction waste diverted from landfills.

“At every stage of the project, from the design process to construction, the project team remained committed to aligning our approach with the airport’s sustainability targets,” said Deborah Lucking, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Director of Sustainability at Fentress Architects. “Fentress is committed to advancing sustainability and human wellness in the built environment and achieving LEED  v4 Silver showcases the project team’s dedication to going far beyond the minimum LEED requirements to achieve certfication,” she concluded.

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daa International named as operator of new Red Sea Airport

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Dublin Airport Authority (daa) International has been named as the operator of a new airport at Saudia Arabia’s Red Sea Development Project.

A major development project being built over 28,000 square km on Saudi Arabia’s west coast, the Red Sea Project has been billed as a luxury tourism destination. The first phase of the project, which includes the construction of the new airport, as well as up to 3,000 hotel rooms, recreational facilities and residential properties, is due to be completed by the end of 2022.

The Red Sea International Airport, which is being designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, is set to serve one million passengers annually by the project’s completion in 2030, with a peak capacity of 900 passengers per hour.  The terminal has taken its inspiration from the local landscape and aims to provide a tranquil and memorable experience for passengers from the moment they arrive and aims to emulate the experience of a private aircraft terminal to every passenger.

A subsidiary of daa, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, daa International has been operating Terminal 5 at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, since it opened in 2016. As the operator of Saudi Arabia’s new airport it will provide airfield and terminal operations, aviation services, facilities management and it will oversee commercial activities, as well as corporate and financial services.

“Our state-of-the-art airport will provide a unique gateway for guests arriving at our destination, and this announcement is an important step in bringing the experience to life, ahead of welcoming visitors by the end of 2022,” said John Pagano, Chief Executive of TRSDC. “daa International was selected because we are confident that they can deliver not only an airport experience worthy of our luxury destination, but for their commitment to ensuring our sustainability goals are met.”

Nick Cole, Chief Executive daa International added: “The Red Sea International Airport will become a fundamental part of each visitor’s journey to this unique destination, and we believe their holiday experience should start from the moment they land. We intend to deliver a seamless airport experience for passengers, underpinned by a commitment to achieving the development company’s stringent sustainability goals.”

Stage one of managing the new airport’s operations will involve ensuring that all airport designs benefit the customer. Stage two will cover planning a full and seamless operational model for when the airport opens to the public, while the final stage will be to manage and operate this plan, maintaining the highest standards in customer experience and sustainability, while prioritising safety and security.

Construction of a runway, seaplane runway, taxiways, helipads and a road network for the airport is already well underway. On completion in 2030, the Red Sea Project will comprise 50 hotels, up to 8,000 hotel rooms and around 1,300 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites.

Arconas unveils bullet- and blast-resistant seating at Brownsville Airport

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Airport seating and furniture manufacturer Arconas has partnered with Amulet Protective Technologies to unveil an industry first: bullet- and blast-resistant airport furniture at Brownsville/ South Padre Island International Airport in Texas.

The Arconas Flyaway tandem seating with Amulet Ballistic Barrier technology integrated during the manufacturing process are designed to shield travellers in the event of an act of violence in a public space. The barriers are designed to be uniquely compatible with interior furnishings and meet the criteria for handgun, rifle and explosive-device threats. The seating is part of the Brownsville Airport’s new terminal, which covers 91,000 square feet and will be able to accommodate more carriers and passengers than the existing 50-year-old terminal.

According to Bryant Walker, the airport’s Director, “The new terminal incorporates the latest technology and features, including seating that can protect passengers and first responders if needed. Providing for the safety and comfort of our passengers is our top priority. We have no reason to believe we would ever need this technology, however, we try to plan for the unexpected. The decision to use Arconas seating with integrated Amulet barriers was an easy one to make.”

Commenting on the new seating solution, Arconas VP of Business Development, Lynn Gordon, said: “Arconas recogonises that our airport and transportation clients are looking for more options in their furniture. Terminal operators always take a safety-first approach to their facilities, so providing clients features that improve safety and protect lives has been incredibly well received.” She added: “We’re focused on improving the airport experience, which includes highly functional, durable, attractive, and now protective furniture.”

According to Amulet Protective Technologies President and CEO, Jeffrey Isquith, acts of violence in the public space have become a common occurrence. “Our No. 1 goal is to save lives – and this technology adds a critical layer of protection for the public. Amulet Ballistic Barriers are a 21st Century solution to saving lives and reducing injuries to innocent people.”

ʻInvisibleʼ technology such as Amulet’s barriers has fast become a key component of the physical security market, which is expected to double within the next few years.

McCarran Airport ploughs ahead with renovation plans

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Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport is forging ahead with a major renovation project in its Terminal 1. Planned upgrades include new fixtures that will create additional space for passengers, updated flooring and more amenities in the airport’s C Concourse.

Commenting on how the recent decrease in passenger traffic presented the airport with a unique opportunity to complete a major project with minimal impact on passengers, Clark County’s Director of Aviation, Rosemary Vassiliadis, said:

The enduring allure of Las Vegas leaves no doubt that we will soon be welcoming more visitors back. When they return, we look forward to greeting them with a more spacious and easily navigated C Concourse.

Demonstrating McCarran’s commitment to enhancing the passenger experience, the renovation will also include the installation of additional and more convenient charging stations for passengers’ devices; replacing the existing carpets with new, easier to maintain terrazzo flooring and Gerflor; and maximising the hold rooms by swapping out the current gate podiums with smaller, space-efficient models.

The $13 million project will begin 30 September and is slated for completion in late summer 2021. Throughout the duration of the work, the majority of Southwest flights will operate out of the B Concourse. Staggered gate closures will also allow the C concourse to remain partially operational.

Paine Field Airport implements fever detection system

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Propeller Airports has implemented a fever detection system at Paine Field Airport in Snohomish County, Washington, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Influenza and other illnesses.

Developed by Athena Security, the Elevated Body Temperature Detection System is a non-invasive, non-contact technology that alerts airport personnel when a passenger has a fever. Prior to entering the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint, all passengers will be screened by a thermal camera and will be offered a second screening if a fever is confirmed. The passenger and the airline will then determine their ability to travel.

The introduction of the fever detection system follows the introduction in March of an innovative and proprietary UV technology used to disinfect and clean high-touch areas throughout the passenger terminal, including check-in desks. This will not only help expedite sterilisation, but it will also help build public trust that airports are safe in a post COVID-19 world.

“During this difficult time, the addition of Athena’s Elevated Body Temperature Detection System is a vital step to ensure the health and safety of our passengers, airline partners and staff,” said Brett Smith, CEO of Propellor Airports. “Since opening, we have been committed to staying on the forefront of trends and innovations to provide the best possible experience to our passengers, and we’re proud to be the first US passenger terminal to roll out this type of technology. The use of this system will allow us to maintain the seamless, safe and modern travel experience our customers have come to expect,” he continued.

Lisa Falzone, CEO of Athena Security, added that, “As global air travel has come to a halt, the ability to pre-screen for COVID-19 fevers is proving to be a life-saving option to funnel infected travellers away from large groups now and in the future as other pandemics and flu-seasons arise.”