The busiest cargo airport in the United States, Memphis International Airport was opened in 1929 and is home to the Fedex Express Global Hub. The Concourse B modernization program provides a more energy efficient space and an elevated passenger experience while also consolidating all gates from Concourse A and Concourse C.
We are providing structural design, façade engineering and sustainability consulting services to UrbanARCH Associates & Alliance Architecture for the Concourse B Modernization Program at Memphis International Airport, scheduled to be complete in 2020.
- Three concourses being consolidated into one significantly improves passenger flow, which enables the the airport to maintain 60 gates upon completion, compared to the 80 it had before the renovation.
- The entire concourse is being renovated and entails the replacement of the existing roof with a wider column-free space and the addition of moving walkways. This opens up pathways so passengers can more easily reach their destinations.
- The renovations also include the addition of a new curtain wall and skylights strategically positioned in the raised ceilings to improve natural light.
- The long-spanning curtain wall at the concourse perimeter is designed with high-efficiency glazing that maximizes daylight and minimizes glare. Systems studied included custom unitized curtain wall with deep exterior fins that provide shading and move the structural element outboard, thereby increasing usable interior space.
- Our sustainability analysis focuses on developing strategies to optimize energy performance such as using a modified displacement ventilation approach, in addition to defining façade treatment strategies to maximize daylight in the space while minimizing glare.
- In 2010, we also performed a seismic risk assessment on the entire airport, with evaluations of all main buildings and infrastructure, runways, bridges and jet fuel tanks. The findings and recommendations of the seismic study were incorporated into the overall master plan for the next 20 years.