Airport Business

DEC 2018-JAN 2019

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DESIGN CONCEPTS December 2018/January 2019 airportbusiness 13 and finishes must be fire retardant and can almost never be composed of plastic laminate. Durability is also a key factor. Resilient finishes are very important due to the high traffic in airport concourses. In one scenario, &pizza installed a full-height diamond plate sheet at a premium cost, which protected the surfaces of key customer facing items from the daily wear and tear of rolling suitcases up to 4’ high. Pedestrian flow and sound infrastructure around retail space. Traffic flow and queuing are critical issues in retail airport design. Retailers welcome a degree of overflow while restaurants want to avoid long lines inside dining areas that can spill into the concourse, seriously disrupting traffic. Aviation facilities are technically complex and engineering a new restaurant can be a challenge. Considerations include myriad issues — location of fire suppression, connection to existing ductwork, piping coordination and utility coordination. Selecting the right engineering partner — one familiar with the facility, specific facility engineering requirements, and aviation regulations is an important factor in design. Create a visual of the finished product Effective use of tools and technology. Visuals of the proposed design provide clarity during the planning process. A design team can use 3D visualization tools to share final designs, prompting discussions that can reduce complexity, confusion, and costs. Better visualization leads to more informed decision making. In one example, providing 3D visualizations of how three new standalone restaurant units would look and fit in as the main features at the new GSP International Airport Terminal was beneficial. The new centralized concessions area with freestanding restaurant units and new seating spaces features prominently in the holistic approach of the rest of the terminal, and has other big implications from a functional, flow, and aesthetic perspective. 3D Models enhance project team success. Models are integral parts of the design process and are used throughout the entire project. A 3D model allows the team to provide a holistic picture of the completed project, capturing the design intent with imagery all parties can understand within the surrounding environment. Experience and insight Ultimately, key considerations for successfully optimizing brand experience include: • Promoting brand uniqueness without compromising the experience of a captive audience. • Bringing the team together at the outset to address concerns and educate participants about the unique design factors involved with developing retail sites in airport environments. • Providing visuals to enhance concepts and keep communication flowing between all contributors. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brian Kern, AIA NCARB, LEED AP BD+C Brian Kern, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, is the Director of Retail with Oculus, Inc. With offices in St. Louis, Dallas and Portland, Oculus is a full service architectural, strategic facility planning, interior design, and move management firm. Oculus works in a variety of industries including Retail, Restaurant, Commercial, Government, Healthcare, and Education. Mr. Kern may be reached at 877-628-5871 or For more information, go to Building Solutions... On budget, on schedule, on target... Cost-efficient building solutions from Varco Pruden Buildings provide attractive and affordable structures for: • hangars • flight based operations • cargo facilities • aircraft maintenance With our value-engineered steel framed building systems, recycled material content and long-life "cool paint" choices, VP Buildings can provide energy-efficient structures to help curb operating costs. Find out more. This free brochure is available at VarcoPruden Buildings is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc. On budget, on schedule, on target...

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