Charleston International Airport Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement
Charleston, South Carolina 373,960 SFCompletion 2017
Charleston has evolved into a competitive metropolis of the 21st century.
The renovation and expansion of the Charleston International Airport is a part of the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program (TRIP). The project allows the airport to grow in capacity from 2.5 million enplanements annually to 4 million. The scope of the renovation and expansion includes: dramatically enhancing the existing terminal, expanding the number of gates in the two concourses from 10 to 16, consolidating security into a single, unified checkpoint, providing a new baggage and handling system, and renovating the existing structure. Fentress Architects will also extend concourse B, add a new Central Plant, and provide a new rental car facility, as well as enhanced retail, upgraded restrooms, and other amenities throughout the facility.
As a city, Charleston has evolved into a competitive metropolis of the 21st century. The 25-foot tall, floor-to-ceiling glass curtainwall in the central retail and concession center, provides a view from the main entry straight through to the airfield, welcoming visitors and creating a connection to the airfield and aircraft. Improved amenities such as enhanced retail spaces and upgraded restrooms will dramatically increase the comfort level of the terminal and the concourses. The overall design sensibility is one that is both distinctly modern, in keeping with Charleston’s current reality, while remaining welcoming. By consolidating the two security checkpoints from their current locations at the entrance of each concourse to a single consolidated area in the modernized terminal, wayfinding will be simplified along with reducing wait times and crowding. Once through the central screening area, passengers will enjoy a richer variety of local and national food venues and retail stores before proceeding to their gate.