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Time to build?

Carrie Shaeffer, Swinerton’s vice president and national director of aviation considers the challenge of building up aviation’s built environment in North America.

Consumer confidence is paramount to the long-term financial sustainability of airlines and airports. After all, there is no silver bullet when it comes to compelling leisure travellers to board flights with family or convince business passengers to swap out video meetings for air travel once again.

However, creative adaptations to the built environment are giving an edge to some in the aviation industry.

From signage and sounds, to the look and feel of airline holdrooms and premium lounges, new design-build strategies balance more restrictive budgets with priority construction projects.

Our strong recommendation to aviation clients: if you can fund it, build it now. Or, move forward as soon as you can. Why? There is a greater potential for cost savings due to minimal disruption with less airway traffic.

Quality design-build partners do more than just deliver the end-product. These essential resources help evaluate the means and methods to meet the needs.

Increasingly, these firms are also responsible for incorporating Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) planning to ensure that site containment standards align as closely as possible to those of healthcare facilities.

By cross-teaming with its healthcare division, Swinerton’s aviation division is parlaying healthcare environment best practices to aviation environments.

An essential element of Southwest’s strategy involves partnering with companies involved in various projects across their network who are committed to excellence on site – as well as on the back end, where fiscal responsibility requires routine assessments on capital investments.

“Working with Swinerton on our Denver hangar project, we’ve been really pleased with their project management skills – including working hand-in-hand with us to optimise the project to conserve capital spending to help us get through the COVID-19 pandemic impact on our overall business,” said Dan Landson, communication lead at Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines is working in concert with various medical experts to learn more about COVID-19, it’s spread, and how they can work to limit the spread of the virus.

“We want to make sure we’re doing what we can to keep our customers and employees safe and welcome travellers back with the hospitality they’ve come to know and love about Southwest,” continued Landson.

“As a result, we’ve implemented our Southwest Promise, a multi-layered approach to the wellbeing and comfort of our customers and employees.

“Some of the changes within this programme, include limiting contact between our employees and customers, installing Plexiglas shields at the ticket counter and gate podiums, increasing cleaning onboard the aircraft and in all our physical spaces, and requiring customers and employees to wear face masks.”

The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring the aviation industry to shift function and focus, and implement more innovative, forward-thinking solutions to not only maintain but also improve operations in order to keep both travellers and employees safe.

From enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE), deep cleaning services, air filtration and other protective measures – leveraging sophisticated analytics and design-build processes to ensure short and long-term fiscal health is paramount.

Swinerton has worked with most of the nation’s airlines and airports to design and execute critical construction needs – including several projects for Delta Air Lines at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), the world’s busiest airport and global headquarters for the air carrier.

Face of the future?

The Green Gateway (above) – a reimagining of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport as a zero-emission, multi-modal hub in 2100 – has won this year’s Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) design competition.

Launched by Fentress Architects in 2011, the annual global student design competition represents a key part of the firm’s commitment to advancing innovative design in public architecture and attracts students from around the world.

For their efforts the winning designers – Nikhil Bang and Kaushal Tatiya from the Southern California Institute of Architecture – also received a first-place prize valued at around $15,000

“A deep passion for design and a creative mindset are the cornerstone of any successful design competition submission,” enthuses Curtis Fentress, principal in charge of design at Fentress Architects.

According to their submission, the winning design transforms Delhi’s airport into a “forward-thinking, sustainable multi-modal hub that mitigates the environmental impacts of air travel while enhancing mobility across New Delhi”.

Embracing sustainable design strategies, the zero-emission concept features a decentralised system of one central terminal and six towers dispersed throughout the city. The towers provide a dual purpose, working as both air-purifying centres and stations for flying cars. This solution, say the designers, will significantly improve mobility across the city by replacing domestic flights as one of the major sources of pollution.

Central to everything

Courtesy of Bradford Airport Logistics, Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) has opened a new $5.6 million Central Receiving and Distribution Center (CRDC) to improve the security screening – and enhance the health and safety – of all goods entering the airport.

The new 22,000sqft facility receives all goods delivered to the Utah gateway’s brand new passenger facilities, dubbed The New SLC, which officially opened for business on September 15.

Upon arrival at the new CRDC, staff will carry out regulatory inspections and X-ray screening before consolidating the goods for redistribution to the airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal and concourses for the end user – the passengers.

The inspected items include all the retail goods and food and drinks sold in Salt Lake City International Airport’s shops and F&B outlets.

“This facility will provide increased efficiency and safety, since third-party truck deliveries will no longer be made via the airfield,” says SLC’s executive director, Bill Wyatt.

“This reduced delivery truck traffic around aircraft and airport facilities is not only more secure but reduces emissions from weekly delivery trucks.”

“Celebrating our twentieth year in the business, Bradford has been the primary catalyst and developer of CRDC growth and innovation within the US and global aviation industry,” enthuses Benjamin Richter, CEO and founder of Bradford Airport Logistics. “We are proud to operate this showcase facility on behalf of SLC.”

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