Because working on a greenfield site is an exception, knowing the ins and outs of airport design is a must. “We took the suggested design at LaGuardia and did our best to make it more flexible. It was a good design, but we thought we could make it better by working with our partners,” explains Maxine Hill.
The result is impressive. Our experts came up with innovative solutions and designed one security area and one main retail area, rather than two as initially proposed. “We entirely changed the terminal. The result is a more compact, but taller building,” says Maxine Hill.
But more importantly, her team used computer modelling and other tools to reduce the number of construction phases, and limit the negative impact of construction on airport operations.
This holistic approach is very important, as Tina Millan points out: “There are so many elements to look at, from sustainability to innovation and workflow management.” Today’s airport improvement projects need to take into account energy use, commercial mix, accessibility, etc., and how they all interconnect now and in the future. That is why Tina Millan believes that integrating ISO 5500 and asset management best practices helps in decision-making. “Most airports operate as private enterprises. At the end of the day, operators and owners must be able to make sound decisions. We help them in the process,” she explains.