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FEB-MAR 2018

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TERMINAL CONSTRUCTION 24 airportbusiness February/March 2018 By Cheryl Gajeske Terminal C North at George Bush Intercontinental Airport Elevates the Passenger Experience Houston's new state-of-the-art Terminal C puts an emphasis on a quality passenger experience. The $244 million 318,000-sq.-foot. concourse is the second phase of a planned $1 billion ter- minal improvement plan involving the complete replacement of the airport's original Terminal B, constructed in the 1960s. This completed project is the enabling phase for the redevel- opment of Terminal D and the next step of the IAH master plan. The new two-level, steel-framed concourse features an inverted roof form that echoes the silhouette of an aircraft wing on both sides and raises the total curtain-wall height of the holdrooms to 32 feet — providing panoramic views to the airfield. Placement of the primary column grid 6-1/2 feet away from the line of glass facilitates these unobstructed views. Soaring to 48 feet at the central "hub" of the concourse, the central node features eight V-columns to support the wing-inspired roof above. These dramatic columns also act as the primary lateral bracing for this portion of the structure. Inside the building, 11 new and three reno- vated gates accommodate a mix of wide- and narrow-body aircraft. Support areas for airline ramp operations are located on the lower level and passenger holdroom lounges, amenities and airline operations are housed on the upper level. HVAC equipment rooms are located on the ramp level, maximizing the concourse floor area for concessions and airport operations. A custom-designed frit pattern on exteri- or-facing glass is a gradient of the meridian pat- tern featured on United's corporate logo. This pattern serves as a subtle branding accent, while providing effective solar shading on the south, west and east facades. Integrated sun- shades on the east-west facades further protect the interior environment from direct sunlight. The interior space layout facilitates a streamlined check-in and boarding process while providing a memorable alternative to the long, monotonous corridors common in today's airline terminals. In the north pier concourse, passengers follow a "meandering path" flow toward their departure gates, framed by unique concessions that create irregular borders to the primary con- course. To reinforce this meandering concept, W ith the opening of Terminal C N o r t h a t G e o r g e B u s h Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, United Airlines has a new state-of-the-art U.S. hub that delivers an efficient, enjoy- able passenger experience. Dana Hoff Blue LED lighting adds dramatic color to the concourse and ties in with United's branding, creating a sense of movement as passengers travel through the concourse.

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