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Entries in Airport Design (31)


Tracking Building Performance at Portland International Jetport

Portland International Jetport was the second commercial airport terminal in the United States to achieve LEED Gold certification. Image © Robert Benson

Numbers and data have historically been the currency of engineers. But designers are now being asked to quantify how their designs bring value to clients and communities. At Gensler, we need to get comfortable talking about our projects in increasingly quantitative terms. Are our designs better than our competitors? How do we know for sure?

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Unexpectedly Expected

Rendering of rooftop park at JFK T5. Image © Gensler

As JetBlue Airlines celebrates the opening of their new international arrivals facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 5 (JFK T5) in New York, it’s clear that they are an airline whose brand is rooted in pleasant surprises. Food delivery at your departure gate? Of course! A New York airport that travelers enjoy? What else!? Clearly, being unexpected is JetBlue’s expectation. Knowing that, the design challenge in extending T5 for international arrivals was clear: our team had to set the JetBlue international experience apart from that of any other airline. But how?

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For Airports, Ready-to-Wear Trumps Haute Couture

Jet Blue's Terminal 5 at JFK Airport. Designed by Gensler, the terminal tries to marry form and function and prioritizes the passenger experience. Image © Nic Lehoux

This past week while listening to NPR I happened to catch a story about the opening of a major exhibit on fashion at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. And strange as it may seem, one thing led to another and as I was thinking about the evolution of fashion my mind began to drift to airport terminals, many of which are currently facing with a similar conundrum.

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Planes, Trains, and Urbanism for Denver

The new front door for the Jeppesen Terminal at Denver International Airport. Image © Gensler

The problem with the buzz these days about airport cities is that for many people an airport city can be nothing more than an office park built out near the terminal. But without a physical and emotional connection to the city center, the airport remains remote, and the development that sprang up at its door is isolated. That brand of airport city doesn’t have the wings to spur the kind of progressive growth and development that can change a metropolis and in the case of Denver, give a city its rightful urbanism.

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Straighten Up and Fly Right: What Hospitals Can Learn from Airports

SFO T3 Boarding Area E. Image © Joe Fletcher

I've been traveling a lot lately, every week it seems, which is unusual for me. But through this I've had time (lots of it) on airplanes and in airports, and I've been pleasantly surprised to see how much airports have improved in spite of gasoline prices, competition and airline mergers. And considering I'm typically engaged with a healthcare client designing a new facility at the end of each trip, I've been surprised to learn that hospitals could learn a few things from airports. Here are my top six observations.

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