The design of a new terminal facility for private aircraft needed to address a number of challenges. Located on the periphery of the airport, the former brownfield site was defined by a 4 meter high concrete blast wall and surrounded by surface parking and service-related facilities. The previous building had no naturalized areas or sense of arrival.
In order to foster a sense of procession between interior and exterior, the building was setback from Prescott Street in order to create a garden drop off. Terminal passengers are led under a canopy into a waiting lounge with expansive views of the runway. A mahogany wood clad wall masks the concrete blast barrier that separates the tarmac from the public realm. This facility is LEED certified.
The 22,000 square feet, $11.2 million passenger terminal includes passenger processing, a main waiting lounge, conference and office spaces, a pilot’s lounge, VIP lounge and related public and administrative support amenities. The glazed waiting room extends the length of the facility and all public areas have panoramic views towards the runway. The generous landscaped garden serves as a gateway to New England and an air traveler’s first impression of the region. The General Aviation Terminal received a LEED rating from the USGBC.