By Nick Gilbert
Groundbreaking of the new terminal building at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport was commemorated in the presence of HNTB representatives.
Dallas High Five Interchange designed by HNTB
HNTB is an employee-owned infrastructure organization that provides services to public and private contractors and owners. Being in business for almost 100 years, HNTB has the expertise to comprehend the life span of infrastructure and helps clients to deal with the most difficult financial, technical and operational problems. Experts provide planning, design, construction management and such services to the clients.
The new 273,000-square foot terminal conceived by HNTB of Kansas City, Missouri, along with GLMV Architecture has 12 gates and is scheduled to be completed by 2015. The terminal constitutes two floors. The first is for retail space, airline and operations support, ticketing, departing and arriving travellers as well as baggage claim. The second floor includes retail space, food venues, security, exhibit spaces as well as arrival and departure gates.
Philip Hannon, HNTB senior project manager, declared that the structure will represent the tradition and the forthcoming trend of aviation in Wichcita. The roof is shaped as a reminder of an aircraft wing and flight. Other aspects of the architecture also echo the ideology, inclusive of large passenger spaces with natural lighting provided by glazing and skylights that will offer a view of the sky.
Another principal feature of the new terminal is the unique exhibits that reflect Wichita’s rich aviation tradition as the ‘air capital of the world’, where more aircraft have been manufactured than anywhere else in the world.