The building is designed to reflect the importance of the history and future of aviation in Wichita.
Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) September 13, 2012
HNTB representatives were on-hand when Wichita Mid-Continent Airport broke ground today on a new terminal building. The new 273,000-square foot terminal — designed by Kansas City, Mo.-based HNTB, in association with GLMV Architecture — features 12-gates and is expected to open in 2015.
The terminal design has two floors. The first is for arriving and departing passengers, ticketing, retail, baggage claim, ground transportation, and airline and operations support. The second floor includes exhibit space, security, retail, food venues, and departure and arrival gates.
“The building is designed to reflect the importance of the history and future of aviation in Wichita. The shape of the roof is designed to remind visitors of flight and an aircraft’s wing. Other elements of the design also reinforce this theme, including large naturally lit passenger spaces with generous glazing and skylights that will maintain a link with the outside and its changing sky,” said Philip Hannon, HNTB senior project manager.
Another key component of the new terminal are special exhibits highlighting Wichita’s rich aviation heritage as the ‘Air Capital of the World’, where more aircraft have been built than anywhere else in the world.
Attending the groundbreaking event from HNTB were: Hannon; Bane Gaiser, president HNTB architecture; Christopher Migneron, Kansas City architecture office leader; and Clint Laaser, project architect.
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