International Terminal Complex at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Houston, Texas700,000 SFCompletion 2022

Fentress Architects is leading the design for a newly consolidated International Terminal Complex at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, Texas that will provide passengers a world-class experience. 

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The project consists of a full replacement of the International Central Processor (ICP), renovation of Terminal D’s concourse, the addition of an international concourse called Pier D West, and a replacement baggage screening facility.  

With a simplified, highly efficient, and intuitive aesthetic, the Complex will create an overall image for the airport’s campus that is cohesive and unified.  This aesthetic will also be memorable and welcoming as it expresses the unique culture and natural environment of Houston to passengers arriving the United States and it’s fourth largest and most culturally diverse city.  The color palette draws inspiration from the warm earth tones of the Bayou City’s slow-moving waters.  Likewise, the sustainable design strategy of strategically and artistically punctuating solid walls with windows—which emulates a long standing tradition in this subtropical climate—will preserve views while also protecting travelers and staff from the hot Texas sun.  The culture and environment of Houston will be further celebrated in art, multimedia displays, and local food offerings.

Passengers arriving and departing via ground transportation will experience a simplified road system and a large protective roof canopy that feels like a front porch.  Under this canopy, departing passengers will be introduced at curbside to signature elliptical forms, which function throughout the Complex as strong wayfinding motifs.  Passengers will be guided to state-of-the-art, highly flexible security screening checkpoints, where a variety of current and future technologies will be accommodated including facial recognition. 

Passengers arriving by air will disembark via one of 19 new gates, all capable of accommodating wide-body aircraft such as Airbus’ A350 and Boeing’s 777 and 787 Dreamliner.    These arriving passengers will experience a vibrant central meeter/greeter area bathed in natural light and suffused with natural ventilation.

The timeless, flexible, sustainable, and technologically sophisticated design of the International Terminal Complex will further strengthen IAH’s prestigious 4-star rating.