Engineering the future of airport passenger experience

Around the world, ambitious aviation developments are defining a new era of passenger experience—blending daring architecture, retail, hospitality and aviation infrastructure with unprecedented sophistication.

Set to open in 2019, Beijing’s Daxing International Airport and Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport highlight how Buro Happold’s integrated solutions are helping to realize these groundbreaking projects.

From the ground and the air, the faceted, glass and steel dome of Jewel Changi Airport will beckon travelers and local Singaporeans alike to explore its 1.4 million square feet of gardens, shops, restaurants, accommodations and airport services. Buro Happold, working closely with Safdie Architects, pushed the boundaries of technology and conventional practices to develop an economically feasible strategy for delivering a long-span enclosure that telegraphs Jewel’s vision while enhancing the passenger experience within.

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For Beijing’s Daxing International Airport, as part of the design team led by Zaha Hadid Architects and ADP Ingénierie, the undulating form works hand-in-hand with the goals for passenger experience, sustainability and long-term adaptability. Composed of six curved piers radiating from a central hub, the terminal design minimizes passenger travel distances to the gate, and also anticipates future expansion. Dramatic interior volumes and vistas welcome and inspire travelers, while enhancing wayfinding. Throughout the structure, carefully integrated passive design elements including sun shading, high-performance glazing, and optimally placed roof lights are expected to reduce overall energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 50 percent.

These bold new aviation ventures reflect not only forecasts for continued growth in international air travel, but the high stakes for premier global hubs. Upon opening, Daxing International Airport anticipates as many as 45 million passengers annually, a number that’s expected to grow to 72 million in the following years. In Singapore and Beijing, integrated design and engineering is providing a competitive advantage.

While the United States boasts one of the most robust aviation networks in the world, its international and regional airports also must maneuver to meet growing demand. And Buro Happold’s airport, and passenger experience, experts are helping clients to meet the challenge.

Los Angeles International Airport Midfield Satellite Concourse

As the facade and sustainability peer reviewer for this $1.6 billion expansion project led by Turner/PCL, A Joint Venture in association with Corgan/Gensler, Buro Happold evaluated drawings and submittals for completeness, functional and operational performance, coordination between disciplines, aesthetics and fit-for-use issues at key milestones.

Ontario International Airport Terminal 2 Expansion

Buro Happold provided structural, MEP/FP, facade engineering and security design services through the concept design period for the proposed 108,000-square-foot Federal Inspection Services (FIS) extension to Terminal 2, working with Populous to develop and evaluate design options, and setting the stage for a successful design-build procurement process.

Hollywood Burbank Airport Replacement Terminal

BuroHappold’s multidisciplinary engineering and project management capabilities streamlined the assessment and refinement of the concept design for a 14-gate replacement terminal. Guiding priorities included celebrating the character and accessibility the airport is known for while improving passenger experience, airport operations, amenities and future adaptability. Buro Happold served as the prime consultant, leading a team of airport planners, architects, and engineers.

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