DELIVERY IS EVERYTHING
While some airports have been fixated on
becoming gateways, with regionalism in the
architecture, a new generation of terminals has
arrived, and they’re all about performance and cost
control — and being delivered when promised.
Terminal designs that are pure aesthetics, and
thus risk not opening before a major holiday or
national event (a Super Bowl or national political
convention), are the stuff of infamy. Any terminal
that has been designed without direct consultation
from the construction delivery team runs the risk
of crippling the investors. Conversely, terminals
that are planned and delivered to allow for a
warm start-up and full commissioning are the new
paradigm for success.
Consider: 10 years ago, the design firm selected
for a new terminal or airport gathered attention.
It brought capability, and those with large airport
design experience were limited in number. Five
years ago, those who provided the financing
were a limited group, and were often the deal
maker. Curiously, there appears to be more money