New Orleans International Airport nears completion

New Orleans International Airport nears completion

Construction of the new replacement terminal at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is set to complete in February 2019. Airport World interviewed Jordan Taylor, AIA, about the iconic terminal project, which LEO A DALY designed in association with Atkins and Pelli Clarke Pelli. 

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Excerpted from Airport World:

With construction milestones being set on a regular basis, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport’s eagerly awaited new North Terminal is now 60% complete and on target for a February 2019 opening.

Conceived as a major economic driver for post-Katrina New Orleans, the new North Terminal has been called “the most transformative project for New Orleans since the Superdome” by Mayor, Mitch Landrieu.

The approximately 800,000sqft terminal will replace the airport’s outdated, operationally inefficient terminal with a modern, 35-gate international complex with a projected economic impact of $6.4 billion in local spending.

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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) believes that the retail/F&B outlets with café like spaces at the heart of each concourse will be integral to ensuring that the ‘spirit of the New Orleans’ is represented throughout the terminal through “sights, sounds and smells that reverberate all the best in our city”.

According to the design team, the new terminal’s architectural form evokes the geography of the Delta region and the soft curves of the Mississippi with a symmetrical plan formed from gentle arcs on three sides.

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“A monumental roof rises toward the building’s centreline, where it crests over a large central skylight,” says LEO A DALY.

“The terminal facades are primarily glass, with trellis-like shading used to evoke New Orleans’ distinctive architecture, while providing an optimal balance of daylight and thermal comfort.”

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The need for resiliency drove many technical innovations in executing the city’s first major public project since Katrina.

For example, marshy soil two feet below sea level required 4,000 piles to be driven into bedrock, essentially creating an airport on stilts. The spherical roof shape was designed to allow long spans while accommodating heavy rainfall. While extensive wind-tunnel modelling and on-site trials were conducted to test the blast-resistant curtain walls’ ability to withstand category-4 hurricane winds.

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“The new airport terminal will be truly transformative for New Orleans and the Gulf South region,” enthuses MSY’s aviation director Kevin Dolliole.

“Armstrong International is the gateway to the region, and the new facility will deliver a better arrival and departure experience than our current terminal.

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