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FEB-MAR 2018

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TERMINAL CONSTRUCTION 26 airportbusiness February/March 2018 other items delivered directly to their seat. The tablets also provide the airline with other reve- nue-generating and advertising opportunities. To maximize the terminal's open views and expanse of the ceiling above, all the power and data to the holdroom seating was coordinated and supplied from the infrastructure packed ramp level below. The use of column wraps con- ceal MEP services routing from the ramp to the concourse. Each column wrap was designed to maximize the conduits and piping passing through them, while not detracting from the building's overall aesthetic. A flexible backbone infrastructure accom- modates diverse tenants throughout the life of the facility. Centralized grease traps, extra space in electrical rooms and a scalable outside air makeup system for exhaust will accommodate foodservice businesses and other specialized concessionaires, both now and into the future. The installation of a complex exhaust sys- tem in the center of the concourse's great hall supports the operation of a flagship steakhouse in this high-profile location. Concessionaire designers developed a cover cladding that serves as a decorative design element while cleverly concealing two separate exhaust systems to effectively remove smoke from the wood-burning grilling process. Spacious restroom facilities are on par with a five-star hotel environment, complete with changing rooms, lactation rooms and numerous other amenities. Upgraded hospitality finishes, premium fixtures and soft lighting provide an upscale ambiance rarely encountered in air- port terminals. A feature wood ceiling above the lavatories brings additional warmth and personality to the space. And a janitor's closet housed within each restroom allows mainte- nance staff to keep the facilities consistently clean and well-stocked. To accommodate the growing number of passengers traveling with service animals, an innovative indoor pet relief area is located on the secure side of TSA. This amenity features an artificial turf lawn platform that automatical- ly washes itself down throughout the day while also providing a manual push button to engage a wash-down cycle for use by pet owners. The facility's state-of-the-art building envelope, glazing, and roof contribute to an energy-efficient terminal that is far below Houston's stringent energy code. The con- course integrates an ultra-high-efficiency MEP system, including LED lights, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and Energy Star-rated air-handling units and chillers. A phased approach to design and con- struction allowed for the completion of the project without disruption to ongoing oper- ations or flights. The new concourse's loca- tion adjacent to the airport's existing C North terminal required the architecture and engi- neering team to develop innovative solutions that allowed existing operations to remain active. To the east and west of the project area, existing taxiways had to remain undisrupt- ed. To the north, ground service equipment and runways also could not be disrupted in any fashion. Along the southern border of the building, the terminal road, which is the main car and bus traffic thruway for the airport and elevated automated people mover's electric rail system, all had to remain active throughout construction activities. And existing jet fuel pipelines below the site had to be re-routed to the north of the new terminal to serve as future connection points for expansion of the adjacent international terminal. Development of the Terminal C North con- course is part of a larger plan that includes demolishing the airport's existing Terminal C north pier to facilitate the expansion and rede- velopment of the Mickey Leland International Terminal D, with expected comple- tion by 2022. Dana Hoff ABOUT THE AUTHOR With more than 30 years pracƟc- ing architecture, Cheryl Gajeske has served as Principal-in-Charge for a wide variety of large-scale projects, including more than two dozen projects for United Airlines. A recipient of the "Woman on the Move" award from the Houston Chronicle, she holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University. Cheryl Gajeske Joe Aker Central concourse 'hub' features soaring 48-foot V columns, which support the wing-inspired roof above. Lounge-style holdrooms feature tablets and various seating and table arrangements for passenger comfort. The custom frit pattern on the exterior glazing provides sun protection without obstructing the views.

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