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In a recent article on the future of airports The New York Times found that the average age of an airport terminal is more than 40 years, meaning many are ill-equipped to cope with modern air travel trends. Not surprisingly, our recent editorial reported on several aviation expansion projects in the United States as airport authorities respond to a projected resurgence in the airline industry following the COVID-19 free fall.

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Last month, Woods Bagot presented designs for a wood-focused expansion at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In March, Orlando International Airport confirmed its $3 billion expansion project, including 15 new gates, was nearing completion while progress continued on a long-awaited renovation of LaGuardia’s Terminal B in New York. Meanwhile, late last year, it was announced that New York’s JFK International Airport would spend $9.5 billion to overhaul three terminals.

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When planning billion-dollar airport renovations and expansions, architects are increasingly faced with new challenges in addition to rising passenger numbers. Airport security infrastructure is constantly evolving, with some experts speculating that biometric identification, AI-driven handling systems and even automated personal assistants could become commonplace at airports by the end of the decade.

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The typology is also increasingly being scrutinized by climate activists in architecture. Back in 2021, Norman Foster elicited a strong reaction from our readers by defending his company’s involvement in aviation projects despite concerns about the industry’s carbon footprint. In late 2020, Foster + Partners withdrew from the Architects Declare campaign due to its commitment to aeronautics projects after organizers expressed widespread criticism of firms within the campaign for sticking to a ‘business as usual’ approach.

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The complex, expensive assignments associated with airport projects combined with the required mastery of technology, sustainability and durability has prompted some companies to set up specialized aviation teams within the office. One such practice is Dallas-based Corgan Associates, which specializes in complex mandates including healthcare, aviation and data center.

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As part of our ongoing job highlights series, we report on Corgan’s search for a Terminal Planner for the Aviation Planning Practice. The company’s aviation division has previously completed projects at Chicago O’Hare, LaGuardia, San Francisco International, LAX and Phoenix Sky Harbor. According to the company, applicants must be prepared to face the intricate requirements of airport planning, including “airport terminal planning, facility requirements analysis, concept design, and systems integration including baggage handling, passenger boarding bridges, aircraft parking lot layouts, and other related terminal systems.”

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For full details of Corgan’s job vacancy, visit Archinect Jobs here. Stay tuned for future curated job highlights and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more exciting opportunities at Archinect’s industry-leading job board. Recent issues of our Job Highlights series highlighted career opportunities for a draftsman at WholeTree Structures, a building simulation analyst at EskewDumezRipple and a structural engineer at Payette.


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