The firm has been chosen by the city of Austin to be the designer and architect for the east terminal gate development.
The work to the terminal will provide approximately 70,000 sqft, a 23% increase, which will include lobby renovations, infrastructure improvements, security improvements, new business center space, concessions, restroom facilities and concourse circulation space as well as public art consultation.
Managing director of Gensler’s Austin office, Todd Runkle, explains: “We are happy to have this opportunity to enhance the Austin Airport. Our firm has been doing exciting work in airports across the globe and we hope to bring some of those cutting edge ideas to our work here in Austin.”
The expansion also provides the added concourse footprint that will accommodate seven to eight additional aircraft parking spaces on the apron for both domestic and international airline operations. This near-term expansion will provide an approximate 30 percent increase in aircraft operational capacity.
The expanded terminal will accommodate about four million additional passengers per year for a total of 15 million annual passengers — an increase of 27%.
Gensler design director, David Epstein, says: “Our airport work really focuses on the passenger experience. We bring our expertise in transportation, retail, hospitality, workplace, brand design and health & wellness to create airport experiences that anticipate passenger needs.”
Gensler has been involved with the airport for many years, and in 1999, the original ABIA Barbara Jordan Terminal was completed, and was the associate architect on that project and worked closely with Page, the architect of record.