20 airportbusiness October 2016
By Donna Kent
Consider this: a surface that provides the
look and feel of natural grass, but can withstand
the heavy traffic of the busiest travel center
and can be used indoors. That's what today's
synthetic turf provides. Now airport designers
and administrators are no longer limited to tra-
ditional indoor surfaces. Synthetic turf gives
airports the opportunity to expand their inte-
rior design conventions, and bring the outdoors
inside the terminal.
HOW REALISTIC IS IT?
Some of the products available today are so lush
and realistic that people have to bend down to
touch the grass to see if it's real or synthetic.
Imagine having a beautiful grass lawn inside
the airport terminal, where travelers can forget
any airports have become famil-
iar with synthetic turf while
constructing pet relief areas to
meet requirements of the Service
Animal Relief Act that took effect
on Aug. 4. What airport admin-
istrators may not realize, however, is the limit-
less potential that artificial grass has to create a
multitude of deluxe services throughout airports,
both indoors and out.