The Sheward Partnership One Of The Nation's Leading Architectural Firms Designs New High Tech Security Airport Terminal At Harrisburg International Airport

The Sheward Partnership, one of the nation's leading architectural firms with headquarters in Philadelphia, has designed the new airport terminal at the Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania. This $120 million terminal with 12 multi 每 use jet gates, features state 每of- the- art security and has been designed to create a safe, and convenient environment for passengers.

November 5, 2004 -- First New Terminal Designed and Built Post 9/11 Meeting Federal Security Regulations

The Sheward Partnership, one of the nation's leading architectural firms with headquarters in Philadelphia, has designed the new airport terminal at the Harrisburg International Airport in Pennsylvania. This $120 million terminal with 12 multi 每 use jet gates, features state 每of- the- art security and has been designed to create a safe, and convenient environment for passengers.

"We are very pleased to have provided our full architectural services to the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) for its Capital Improvement Project in increasing flight capacity, efficiency of operations, state-of-the-art security and comfortable passenger services," said David Scheuermann, AIA Principal of The Sheward Partnership. "The challenge for us was integrating post-9/11 security with pre-9/11 passenger travel convenience."

"We saw an opportunity to develop a new airport terminal with the latest Federal security requirements," said Scheuermann. "There have been other terminals opened since 9/11 but Harrisburg is the first to be designed and constructed to meet Federal regulations and provide passengers a seamless travel experience."

"We needed a modern terminal building to meet all the post 9/11 security requirements while being efficient for the airlines, tenants and passengers that use this facility daily," said Alfred Testa Jr., Director of Aviation, Harrisburg International Airport. "The most important element of this terminal's design is the flexibility it gives us to meet future passenger, concession and security needs, without having to alter the core design of the building. Not only does this building meet today's needs, but its capacity can easily be doubled in any number of ways, if and when needed. A modern, comfortable, convenient and safe facility is what the Sheward Partnership has delivered to central Pennsylvania."

The new terminal incorporates a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art inline baggage screening system behind the ticket counter. " We designed the three-quarter-mile-long baggage handling system with maximum efficiency in mind," said Vic Thompson, President, Vic Thompson Company of Fort Worth Texas. " We have been able to achieve extraordinary results with this new system, handling up to 530 bags an hour per machine. The new level of operations reached has exceeded the industry standard, ensuring the highest level of convenience and efficiency for both airport staff and passengers."

The new terminal was constructed in a Y-shape, very spacious and open, making maximum use of passenger and pedestrian flow as well as natural lighting. Passengers are easily able to understand the airport's configuration. Where the old terminal featured just two lanes for check-in, the new terminal can accommodate up to six check-in lanes.

As a final touch d'resistance, the terminal also features the largest combined mosaic-terrazzo public art work in any airport in the world. The work of art designed by Pennsylvania's world renowned mosaic artist and sculptor Charles Madden is located on the main entrance floor of the new terminal building and is a 60' by 40' design of 63,000 shimmering Venetian Glass mosaic chips that have been combined with colorful star burst shapes of terrazzo creating a celebration of Pennsylvania history.

"We were looking to make a statement from the moment passengers arrive at the terminal," explained Michael Sheward, Lead Designer, The Sheward Partnership. "The first thing they see is the canopy. It is a very dramatic entrance to the airport, designed to give the impression of flight."

"There's always been a love affair with the concept of air travel," added Sheward. "In recent years it's been eradicated due to heightened fears of security. With the new Harrisburg terminal, we wanted to provide passengers a sense of security and a seamless experience, restoring the feeling of confidence and getting excited about flying once again."

Created to ensure ease of travelling, passenger amenities at the new airport terminal include; Electronic Ticket Check 每 In Machines for travelers without baggage to check, twice as many baggage carousels, along with a third 每 floor observation deck for members of the public, over 每looking the airport's 9,500 每 foot runway. Additional amenities include women's restrooms twice the size of men's restrooms, free wireless Internet access, as well as four smoking lounges fully equipped with separate exhaust and air-filtration systems.

Connected by a sky bridge and moving sidewalks, the 1.1 million square 每 foot ground 每 transportation center and parking garage adjacent to the terminal has also been installed on each parking level with the latest high-tech multiple security cameras.

John Burns, Senior Vice President of The Burns Group Engineering and Construction of Philadelphia stated " We were pleased to provide our engineering design and construction for the airport's technology and security systems including flight information displays, telecommunications, public address paging system and electrical, air conditioning, heating and sprinkler systems. We utilized for our engineering project, the latest high tech systems combined with the best materials available in the field."

"The terminal features a high level of passenger service, efficient operations and enhanced security," said Scheuermann. " Harrisburg International Airport will be one of the first U.S airports to effectively accommodate 100% in 每 line baggage screening as well as being able to serve a wider range of aircraft than is now possible. These improvements promise to position Harrisburg International Airport for a growing share of the air travel market."

The Sheward Partnership's next project with the Harrisburg International Airport is to convert its old terminal into a modern office building that will assure a unified campus feeling.

About The Sheward Partnership
Established in 1977, The Sheward Partnership, one of the nation's leading architectural firms with headquarters in Philadelphia, has developed a strong base of experience and depth of knowledge in Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Architecture, Master Planning, Design Build Services, Construction Management and CAD services. The partners of the firm direct a talented and experienced staff of architects and planners who work together on projects in transportation and civic facilities, corporate interiors and exteriors and housing.

About Vic Thompson Company
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the Vic Thompson Company has been providing specific transportation security, design-build, general construction, airport equipment support, and ancillary equipment services for airport and commercial facilities since 1994. The company is proud of its staff and reputation as professionals with over 70 years of combined design, equipment R&D, manufacturing, and construction experience. The Vic Thompson Company is comprised of four major divisions that work synergistically to provide a high level of service and efficiency in all of its major fields of endeavor: the Design 每 Build Group, the Airport Services Group, the Ancillary Equipment Group and the Transportation Security Group.

About The Burns Group
The Burns Group provides professional design and construction management and design/build services. The Burns Group, consisting of Burns Engineering, Inc. and Burns Infrastructure, L.P. is a consulting organization, driven to provide solutions that build their clients' future. Burns Engineering, Inc. is an engineering firm that provides civil, structural, electrical, and mechanical design services. Burns Infrastructure, L.P. provides professional construction management and design/build services. The companies are integrated to provide clients highly customized and responsive construction solutions.

About the Harrisburg International Airport
The Harrisburg International Airport is part of The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA), the multi-municipal authority whose mission is to serve the region by providing high quality, efficient airports and promoting regional economic development. Incorporated in 1997 to manage and oversee the economic development of Harrisburg International Airport and Capital City Airport, SARAA represents the first-ever regional effort to govern both airports and provide coordinated efforts to serve the communities of Central Pennsylvania. SARAA board members are community leaders from the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin and York, the cities of Harrisburg and York, and the townships of Fairview and Lower Swatara.

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